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16 destinations, 16 sides to Atlantic Cognac

Wondering what to do on your holidays in Angoulême, on the Île de Ré, in Rochefort or in Cognac? Take your pick of picturesque villages, top seaside resorts, Villes d’Art et d’Histoire (Towns of Art and History) and unspoilt nature sites. Explore the different regions within Charentes and plan your holiday with peace of mind. For each of our destinations, you’ll find all the inspiration you need, including advice, reviews, what not to miss and an extensive list of accommodation, restaurants, activities and events.

Things to do in and around Ruffec

Ruffec is an ideal starting point for holidays in the country, as it counts among its features charming villages, old chateaux and Romanesque churches scattered on both sides of Charente.

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What to do in and around Rochefort

The renowned spa resort of Rochefort opens onto the Charente estuary, the ocean, Île d’Aix and Île Madame. Chosen by Colbert to become the largest military arsenal in the kingdom, this Town of Art and History was also the home port of the famous frigate Hermione.

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Things to do in and around La Rochelle
La Rochelle

With the ocean on the doorstep, this uniquely laid-back city has plenty to recommend it. La Rochelle is over one thousand years old and has a wealth of history and heritage to show for it.

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What to do on the Île d’Oléron
Île d'Oléron

The largest French island off the Atlantic coast is renowned for its particularly distinctive light, fine sandy beaches, unspoiled wilderness and rich heritage.

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What to do on Île de Ré
Île de Ré

Experience the unique charm of "Ré la Blanche" (or “white Ré”), which owes its nickname to its traditional houses’ distinctive colour. The fourth largest island in France, Ré has a wide array of landscapes, from sandy beaches to salt marches, vineyards to forests.

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Things to do in and around Royan

From the ornate belle-époque residences and 1950s villas to the vibrant decorative panels and listed monuments, this seaside resort on the Côte de Beauté appeals to fans of architecture as well as visitors into swimming and water sports.

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Things to do in and around Marennes

The birthplace of French oyster farming, the Marennes-Oléron basin is Europe’s top location for oysters and production fluctuates between 40,000 and 60,000 tonnes from one year to the next.

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Things to do in and around Saint-Jean-d’Angély

Saint-Jean-d’Angély awaits you on the Camino de Santiago. From the Le Pilori Fountain to the clock tower, the historic city unfolds along narrow winding streets, where half-timbered houses jostle with private mansions.

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Things to do in the Marais Poitevin
Marais Poitevin

It’s hard not to love the Poitevin marshlands, with their canals lined with ash trees, willows and alders, the birds that migrate through it every year and the famous boat rides on carpets of duckweed.

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Things to do in and around Saintes

On the banks of the Charente, Saintes offers numerous trips themed around history, water and music.

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Things to do in and around Jonzac

Stronghold of the Haute-Saintonge, Jonzac is more than a beautiful historic city with a château, church and the Cloître des Carmes… it’s also a spa resort renowned for treating rheumatism and respiratory problems using unique cave baths on the site of an old stone quarry.

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What to do in and around Confolens

Located at the confluence of the Vienne and the Goire, Confolens is Town of Art and History where you’ll find yourself seemingly drifting back in time.

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What to do in and around Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

Journey to the southern Charentes to explore its rolling green hills.

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What to do in and around Angoulême

Perched on a promontory and bounded by ramparts, Angoulême dominates a meander of the Charente.

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What to see and do in and around Cognac

Here, you’re in the land of cognac, pineau des Charentes and Charente wines.

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Things to do in and around La Rochefoucauld
La Rochefoucauld

La Rochefoucauld boasts a majestic château overlooking the Tardoire.

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