Tourism - Charente-Maritime

Charente-Maritime is a French department located in the south-west of France and belongs to the Poitou-Charente region. This department enjoys good weather conditions, a rich and various architectural and environmental heritage, as well as being located on the coast which makes it an attractive vacation area.

Among the remarkable sites in the department there are the old harbor of La Rochelle, the Ré and Oléron citadels, the ‘Cité de Brouage’, the seaside towns of Royan, Fouras and Châtelaillon, the villages of Talmont-sur-Gironde, Mornac-sur-Seudre, La Flotte and Ars-en-Ré that are all listed as most attractive villages in France. Also, Saintes and Rochefort are classified as city of art and history thanks to the many historical monuments.

The department counts also many natural sites as the ‘Parc naturel interrégional’, the Marais Poitevin and an ornithological reserve, the Marais d’Yves natural reserve. Several sites in the department are now on the UNESCO World Heritage list such as the Saint-Martin-de-Ré Citadel, the Saint-Eutrope de Saintes basilica, the ‘hospice des pèlerins de Pons’ and the Saint-Pierre-de-la-Tour d'Aulnay church.

Top tourist cities in Charente-Maritime


Tourism La Rochelle

La Rochelle is a city located in the department of Charente-Maritime, in the Poitou-Charente. It is the Prefecture. This town turns out to be one of the most important cities on the Atlantic coast with a number of inhabitants is around the figure of 77 000 inhabitants. ...

Must : Tours de la Rochelle, Aquarium de la Rochelle, Le Musée des Automates


Tourism Jonzac

Jonzac is a town in the department of Charente-Maritime Poitou-Charentes region. Originally the town developed on two hills on the right of Seugne. These hills are named Mount and Mount Balaguier Montguimar. Since the year 1986, the town is a spa. Its waters are very ...


Tourism Rochefort

Rochefort is a town in the department of Charente-Maritime in Poitou-Charente. Historically, this is a city built by Colbert to King Louis XIV and his navy. Rochefort is a military town in its origins but also by its construction. The streets were traced with chalk. ...

Must : Musée des Commerces d’Autrefois


Tourism Saintes

The town of Saintes is located in the department of Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charente. Located in the old province of Saintonge, the city retains its history a magnificent set of buildings. Tourists will have no trouble finding the remains of the rich past of the ...

Must : Musée archéologique, Musée de l'Echevinage


Tourism Saint-Jean d'Angely

St-Jean d'Angely and its region offer its rich heritage: strolling in the streets looking for a clock, a timbered house, an Abbey ... Stroll in our villages looking for a Roman church, a laundry, Beautiful walks along the buttons, walking tours, sports activities ...