The Charente Maritime has a varied coastline, with beautiful beaches, fishing towns and fabulous fresh sea-food restaurants ( Its famous for its oysters ). The 'Marais' are former marshlands, now criss-crossed with small canals, and are wonderful to cycle or canoe through and see wildlife. Hiers Brouage is a perfectly intact fortified little town in the marais. Rochefort is a pretty and unspoilt town with a rich maritime history, museums, the hermione ship and a lovely market. ( three times weekly ). Saintes has a huge roman ampitheatre and arch, beautiful and interesting abbey and much more. Cognac is only an hours drive away through pretty countryside, with many really good small museums and lovely restaurants. The Charente river crosses the Charente maritime and there are many spots to rent canoes and swim.
Near us there is horse-riding, picnicking with donkeys, cycling, stone carving, walking, days at the beach or river, water-parks, eco-reserves, a zoo, museums for old and young and much more.