Immediately north of Bordeaux, the Charente-Maritime département translates as a summer-hot cocktail of coastal attractions much-loved by French holidaymakers in August. La Rochelle, the main town and transport hub, oozes portside panache and is an enchanting springboard for the languid beaches and cycling trails of Parisian-chic Île de Ré.

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These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Charente-Maritime.


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