Would you fancy heading off for a week in a camper van to explore the Charentes region? This kind of touring holiday combines all the comfort of accommodation with all mod cons together with real mobility. It’s perfect for discovering the vineyards, the banks of the River Charente, the cliff-tops of the Côte de Beauté (the Beautiful Coast) or the pine forests of the Charente coastal regions.
Rent a camper van and explore the Charentes region
Renting a camper van enables you to be completely independent for the duration of your holiday. Fitted out with an onboard kitchen complete with a fridge, sink and small gas cooker, this vehicle gives you the ability to stop anywhere (or almost anywhere!) to enjoy a hot meal inside or out, depending on the weather. A cosy little nest on wheels, the van can turn into a living room or a bedroom at any time of the day or night.
It’s wonderful to be able to enjoy constantly changing scenery from one moment to the next! Lunch beside the Charente River or opposite the Atlantic Ocean, a cup of tea beside a field of sunflowers or at the foot of a lighthouse, dinner beneath the stars or by a forest: the possibilities are endless… In the autumn or spring, travelling around Charentes in a camper van is a great way of both getting around and catering to your accommodation needs, enabling you to really take the time to get the most from your holidays!
Half-way between Paris and Toulouse and just 90 minutes from Bordeaux, Angoulême is an excellent starting point for a camper van trip to the countryside. You can head off in your own specially-equipped vehicle or rent one from a specialized rental agency. It’s the perfect opportunity to head off as a couple or with a few friends to enjoy a camper van-centred adventure in the Charentes region, with the comic strip capital as your launchpad.
Some ideas for camper van itineraries in the Charentes region
Following the Charente River from Angoulême to where it runs into the sea at Rochefort-Océan is a peaceful route for a Charentes road-trip. There are vineyards, plains, châteaux, fine mansions, Romanesque churches and small villages on the loops of the River Charente, all of which offer idyllic stopping off points galore to be enjoyed.
Along with the local countryside and the Atlantic coast’s beaches, towns rich in artistic and historical heritage such as Cognac, Saintes and Rochefort are must-see stops for their cultural scene and simply have to be included on your camper van itinerary in Charentes. Don’t forget about the seaside resorts of Royan, Saint-Trojan-les-Bains, Fouras and Châtelaillon-Plage where you can breathe in the ozone-laden air against a backdrop of Belle-Epoque architecture.
Small towns packed with character like Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Villebois-Lavalette, Nanteuil-en-Vallée not to mention some members of les Plus Beaux Villages de France (the ‘most beautiful villages in France’ association) including Talmont-sur-Gironde, Mornac-sur-Seudre, Brouage and Saint-Savinien-sur-Charente will make for very appealing stops on your route. To the north of La Rochelle, a journey through the marais poitevin marsh offers a lovely way to get away from it all in a beautiful natural setting amidst the many canals of the so-called ‘Green Venice’.
Sleep safe and sound in top-quality campsites
Setting off on a road trip in a camper van gives you the chance to make multiple stopovers, enabling you to discover the Charentes region’s prettiest spots in the space of a week. Whether you own your own motorhome or choose to rent a camper van, make sure to carefully plan each of your stopovers so you can have a peaceful night’s sleep and a few home comforts.
Stopping for the night in an officially-recognized campsite in Charentes is always an excellent option. Most campsites have pitches especially designed for motorhomes and camper vans. A night in a rural or coastal campsite will give you access to the toilet facilities that are so vital to your comfort and well-being such as hot showers and well-maintained toilets!
In urban areas, special lay-bys for motorhomes are safe, convenient places should you be unable to find somewhere to stay in a local campsite. To help you choose your campsite in the Charentes region, it’s well worth looking at the campings-atlantique.com website, or, alternatively, our website section on camping sites in Charentes.