Charente-Maritime is an ideal destination for a family holiday. From the old-fashioned charm of the island of Aix to the hustle and bustle of La Rochelle, this department of Nouvelle-Aquitaine has some pleasant surprises in store for young and old alike.
To fully enjoy the natural beauties of these lands facing a magnificent oceanic coast, nothing like a camping trip. Here are the 3 best places in Charente-Maritime to camp.
Ile d'Oléron - the luminous one
Renowned for its 8 km of fine sandy beaches and its magical light, the Ile d'Oléron is the perfect place to camp under the sign of the ocean and nature. 32 km long, it offers you an incredible variety of atmospheres and landscapes. From the salt flats to the national forest of Saint-Trojan-les-Bains, from the lighthouse of Chassiron to the fortified citadel of Le Château d'Oléron, the luminous island offers a permanent discovery.
With more than 70 campsites spread across the island, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding your base camp in Oléron. From simple landscaped grounds to prestigious campsites with an aquatic area, you can offer your family a holiday setting that suits you near a beautiful Atlantic beach.
Ile de Ré - the white
Glamorous destination on the Atlantic coast, the Ile de Ré is the antithesis of Saint-Tropez. With its white houses, its whale lighthouse and its alternation of varied landscapes, this long tongue of land that points to the Atlantic nonetheless attracts a Glamor or Bobo clientele.
Perfect setting for a family holiday, the island is a cyclists' paradise. Go as a tribe on your little queens to cross the salt marshes, the vineyards or the ornithological park. On the way back, don't forget to stop to buy a basket of oysters and a bottle or two of the elixir from the Rïs vineyards.
The island has about forty campsites of all standards. For the ultimate experience, cross the island to Portes-en-Ré. You can camp with your feet in the water at the western end of Ré, a stone's throw from the natural park and the Baleine lighthouse.
Île d'Aix - the "little Corsica in the Atlantic"
A haven of greenery and tranquility, the Ile d'Aix is ??a small island 3 km long located off the Pointe de la Fumée in the Charente estuary. An ideal stopover to breathe away from the excesses of civilization, it can be discovered on foot or by bike.
Entered into history for having been the last piece of France trod by Napoleon before his exile on the island of Sainte-Hélène, the island seems frozen in time. It still houses the buildings and fortifications ordered by the Emperor in 1801, including the famous Fort-Boyard. You can swim with a breathtaking view over the Grande Plage.
This small island has a single campsite with 73 sites. Grounds laid out in the old fashioned way, however, it offers entertainment, a tennis court, windsurfing and a bar restaurant.
Are you more nature than sea? Opt for a campsite around Rochefort. This former Royal Port is now well inland. A little touch of irony that bodes well for a great vacation.