Nonnes Beach is the closest beach to home. This beautiful stretch of sand sits below the cliffs and houses. In front, we see the other side of the estuary of the Gironde.
This supervised beach has many activities (children's clubs, sailing and other water activities, beach bars ...) everyone can have fun safely.
Four other beaches at your disposal, all too typical and relaxing.
In the heart of the Romane Saintonge, Saintes is a unique historical city full of monuments. Founded by the Romans, "Mediolanum Santonum" was the capital of the Aquitaine region in the first century. This prosperity, it retains the Arch of Germanicus, an amphitheater (the best preserved of the Atlantic coast).
The archaeological museum presents the elements of ancient monuments civil and religious, as well as many objects found during excavations including a parade chariot of the first century.
Situated half way between Aix and Oléron Island, Fort Boyard was initially built to protect the harbours of Aix Island and Rochefort.
This construction project dates back to the 17th century. Colbertcompleted the Rochefort Arsenal in 1666. There was a great need for military protection. The 7 Years' War had just ended. Defence of the coasts was a priority at that time. But obvious technical difficulties made it impossible for construction to start.
Enviably positioned alongside the Bay of Biscay, Royan offers all the ingredients necessary for wonderful family holidays. See spectacular coastlines with vast, pine-flanked sandy beaches and impressive dunes.
Watersports are a passion here and excellent
Both Royan and Gascony are famous for shellfish and ‘magrets’ (grilled duck breast), as well as confits of duck, while the gentle climate makes this area ideal for producing Armagnac. Almost every village has a market and these provide some of the best places for purchasing fresh bread as well as delicious local produce.
There are so many things to see and do on Île d'Oléron, from lazing by the beach to watersports, exploring on a bicycle, tasting oysters, visiting museums and historic monuments and more...
La Palmyre zoo beachfront :
Zoo de la Palmyre zoo is currently the busiest private of France, one of the most renowned in Europe, and a key element of the heritage of the Poitou-Charentes region, it includes more than 1600 animals of 115 different species .
Polar bears, giraffes, monkeys and flamingos among others have taken up residence in the zoo of La Palmyre.
For visitors to Poitou-Charentes a must-do is a cognac tour or cognac tasting tour around one of the famous firms or ‘maisons’ as they are called. And of course to have a taste of cognac at the same time! Not long ago I took the tour at Hennessy, one of the big cognac producers in the area, and who are based in the town of Cognac. The tour began with a short boat ride across the river, a journey of no more than a couple of minutes, and then just a short walk along the jetty later we were in there.