Charente-Maritime as a department is extremely supportive of sporting initiatives and actively encourages their citizens to practice a sport. What this means for visitors of course is that they have a vast range of sporting venues and activities available.
MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS 2016:
23rd July : Red Bull Cliff Diving
5th – 21st August : Olympic Games in Rio
23rd – 26th August : International Tour of Poitou-Charentes
4th – 6th November : Autumn Rally
27th November : La Rochelle Marathon
For nautical adventures …
With 463 kilometres of coastline, four islands (Ré, Oléron, Aix and Madame), two magnificent channels and many estuaries, combined with an historic naval past, Charente-Maritime – as you might expect – is ideal for a whole raft of water based sporting activities. The 25 clubs and « Écoles Françaises de Voiles » affiliated to the French Sailing Fédération are available to anyone passionate about this sport.
For the water sports fans …
The town of Saujon is a fine example of somewhere dedicated to water sports – water-skiing and associated water sports such as wakeboard, wakeskate and kneeboard – you can even fly the waves, seven at a time. For the more adventurous, in 2011, the flyboard was invented followed by the hoverboard in 2014 for those who love boarding, utilising the power of jetski propulsion.
DID YOU KNOW ?
For those who love golf, Charente-Maritime has ten courses. Technically challenging courses, golf schools, undulating fairways, unforgettable views over the estuary of the Charente or the Gironde, or over the islands, Fort Boyard or the Trousse Chemise…
For fans of rugby …
L’Atlantique Stade Rochelais, a club created in 1898, is one of the oldest in France The team has 10,000 season ticket holders, and is now in the top flight of French Rugby – the top 14. The Stade Marcel Deflandre lies in the heart of La Rochelle, welcoming up to 15,000 fans for every home match.
In Charente-Maritime, horse-riders can choose between gallops on the beaches, rides through the woods and forests, through vineyards, across the marshes or along the coast. National and international riding competitions take place here too, such as the Show Jumping International in Royan which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
Particular emphasis has been given by the department for the development and maintenance of the numberous European Cycling routes that traverse the area:
- La Vélodyssée® (the French part of EuroVelo 1, Roscoff / Hendaye, nearly 160km in Charente-Maritime);
- La Vélofrancette® (Ouistreham / La Rochelle, 45km in Charente-Maritime, inter-connecting with La Loire à Vélo® and La Vélodyssée®)
- Le Canal des 2 Mersà Vélo (Royan / Sète, about 60km in Charente-Maritime, connecting with La Vélodyssée®)
- La Scandibérique (French part of the EuroVelo 3.30km to the south of the departement, between the Charente and the Gironde) ; –
- La V92 – Les rives de Charente® (Ile d’Aix / Excideuil, 130km in Charente-Maritime, connecting with La Vélodyssée®).
Photo credit thanks to: La Rochelle, Getty Images, Phovoir, CMT17 A. Birard-7, CMT17 A.Birard-8, JD_2011_407