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Destination guide

Charente-Maritime is a French gem

The department of Charente-Maritime occupies a scenic stretch of France's south-west coast. Its historical sites, sandy beaches and surprising amount of annual sunshine have made it one of France's vacationing hotspots in recent years. Its almost 500 kilometers of coastline provide endless water sport opportunities. It doesn't matter if you're into sailing, kite surfing or water skiing, you can find it all near your Charente-Maritime vacation rental. One day you could be splashing around in the sea, the next pulling up and shucking oysters at the local beds in Marennes-Oleron and the following one ambling around a Romanesque church.

Things to do

France's most beloved zoo in Charente-Maritime

When you stay at the Charente-Maritime vacation rental, you'll have one of France's most beloved zoos right on your doorstep. The 50-year-old La Palmyre Zoo spans 18 hectares and houses more than 1,600 critters. For more wildlife, swing by the Aquarium de La Rochelle where you can get face-to-face with many creatures of the deep, including sharks, jellyfish and shoals of piranhas. Those with an interest in botany shouldn't skip the Jardins du Monde in Royan. Other than the beautiful manicured gardens packed with tropical flora and bonsai trees, you can admire the country's largest orchid greenhouse.

Activities

Seafarers and landlubbers love Charente-Maritime

You don't need to worry about what you are going to do when you stay at a Charente-Maritime vacation rental. Its position along the Atlantic Ocean means many outdoor activities are centered around the sea. You can take your pick from windsurfing, kayaking or sailing and if you don't know how, you can always take lessons. Landlubbers won't miss out. Jogging along the coastal trails is popular, as is cycling through the parks. Alternatively, find a sunny spot along the shoreline and cast in your line or saddle up for a day on the equestrian trails.

Weather

Summer sees the most visitors to Charente-Maritime

Being located along the French coastline, it will come as no surprise that the biggest influx of travelers is during the summer. Between June and August, Charente-Maritime vacation rentals get booked up by families looking for a beach break and to escape the stuffy cities. If you plan to visit during the warmer months, try to score a rental early. With some luck, the shoulder seasons can have a very agreeable climate and with rental prices taking a nosedive and far fewer people on the beaches and hiking trails, it can be just the ticket if you're looking for a bargain getaway.

Natural features

Herons and crooking frogs in Charente-Maritime

The marshlands, rivers and woodland of the Marais-Poitevin provide a habitat for lots of wildlife. There is birdlife here aplenty, including magnificent herons which paddle in the shallows in search of fish before taking off and skimming just above the water's surface. Along the rivers and streams you will hear the croaking of frogs and the sound of crickets. The scenic waterways, with overhanging weeping willows, are best seen from one of the wooden boats called "barques" that ply the rivers. When you stay in a Charente-Maritime vacation rental, the nearby reserve in Saint-Denis-du-Payre is another good introduction to the flora and fauna.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Charente-Maritime

The nearest airport is in La Rochelle (LRH-La Rochelle - Ile de Re), located 36.9 mi (59.4 km) from the city center.

If you prefer to travel by train, Saintes Station, Taillebourg Station and Saint Savinien Station are the main stations that serve the city.

How many vacation rentals are available around Charente-Maritime?

Our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 7,273 vacation rentals around Charente-Maritime. From 4,449 house rentals to 359 villa rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.