Situated in the heart of the French Atlantic coast, the Charente-Maritime destination is the second most important tourist destination in France for French travellers after the Var. The Charente-Maritime offers the visitor a lovely choice of coastal destinations such as Royan or the Ile de Ré, city breaks to Saintes or La Rochelle and beautiful countryside such as the Marais Poitevin or Cognac Country. Charente-Maritime has more wellness centres (six) than any other French ‘department’ and a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is a gastronomic destination of note – oysters, mussels, sea salt, pineau des Charentes, and is easily accessible by road, rail or air from the UK. It boasts a Mediterranean climate of around 300 sunshine days a year. There are many events that take place in the area throughout the year including, in 2014, the Thirtieth Anniversary of the music festival Francofolies.
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Pictures courtesy of: E. Coeffe / A. Birade / C. Triballier / Charente-Maritime Tourisme