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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.


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.


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 (department), FR?

Our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 7,019 vacation rentals around Charente-Maritime (department). From 4,345 house rentals to 366 villa rentals, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover the Charente-Maritime (department) area.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Charente-Maritime (department)?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Charente-Maritime (department). From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • La Rochelle: 2,287 vacation rentals
  • La Rochelle City Centre: 655 vacation rentals
  • Royan: 1,724 vacation rentals
  • Les Mathes: 1,605 vacation rentals
  • La Flotte: 2,283 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Charente-Maritime (department)! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Charente-Maritime (department)?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Charente-Maritime (department):

  • La Rochelle: 2,287 rentals
  • Royan: 1,724 rentals
  • Les Mathes: 1,605 rentals
  • La Flotte: 2,283 rentals
  • Le Bois-Plage-en-Re: 1,700 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Charente-Maritime (department)?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Charente-Maritime (department) are:

  • Rochefort (RCO-Saint-Agnant): 2,831 vacation rentals
  • La Rochelle (LRH-La Rochelle - Ile de Re): 3,876 vacation rentals
  • Saintes (XST): 883 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Charente-Maritime (department)?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Charente-Maritime (department). From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pigeonnier d'Aulnay: 274 rentals
  • St-Martin Harbor: 3,764 rentals
  • Fort Boyard: 3,764 rentals
  • La Flotte Harbor: 3,889 rentals
  • L'Asinerie du Baudet du Poitou: 286 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Charente-Maritime (department) listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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