You want to take a break and recharge your batteries? Then run to Charente-Maritime
This is one of the departments that compose the region Poitou-Charente
. Its exceptional environment will astonish you for sure. Thanks to the islands, the cities and the countryside, everyone will like the place. Cities first, such as Jonzac
, are full of history. La Rochelle
, the biggest city of the department is a fortified city where the architecture kept all the signs of its medieval past. To wander on the streets or along the port’s wharfs is a real pleasure. Offshore there are the islands of Ré
, of Aix
or of Oléron
and they participate to the department’s originality. Those protected natural areas welcome tourists for extraordinary insular holidays
. Far from the cities, the countryside offers great landscapes with forests and swamps along the roads. Authentic houses and nice Bed and Breakfasts
are available for rent
to spend a week-end
or a week of holiday
. Charente-Maritime is a rich land so that gastronomes could enjoy discovering local products. The inevitable dishes are the products from the sea such as oysters and mussels, which are of real high quality. Cognac
are also famous alcohols, as well as the salt produced in the salt marshes of the department or the potatoes from Ile de Ré. Therefore, culinary routes are appropriate in this department.
The sport-persons could practice a large range of activities: nautical in the cities along the coast, pedestrian thanks to the numerous hiking trails or even activities in the air to admire the seashore.