Camping in Charente-Maritime

The Charente-Maritime department, located in the heart of Vendée, is a prime destination for those who wish to experience the beauty of the coast while also having the opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage of the region. For those looking to find a campsite in Charente-Maritime, without breaking the bank, we recommend reaching out to the local HomeCamper hosts. These hosts can provide a variety of accommodations and are more than happy to share their knowledge and insider tips of the area, making for a more authentic and personalized experience compared to traditional camping sites.

When visiting Charente-Maritime, the beach and the majestic waves of the Atlantic Ocean are certainly a must-see. However, the region offers much more than just sandy shores. For art and history enthusiasts, there are several archaeological sites to visit such as the paleosite of Saint-Césaire, one of the largest centers for prehistory in the world, where the bones of a 20-year-old Neanderthal were discovered. The Gallo-Roman site of the Fâ is another great destination, showcasing discoveries in exhibition rooms and featuring aerial photos taken in 1975. The department is also home to a number of castles such as the castle of Taillebourg and Montendre, offering visitors a chance to travel through time. For those interested in museums, there are several options available such as the Napoleon Museum on the island of Aix, the House of Pierre Loti in Rochefort, and the Museum of Natural History.

As the capital of the department, La Rochelle, is a a coastal city that offers visitors a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. The city is known for its historic port, which dates back to the 13th century and is home to several impressive towers, including the famous Tour de la Lanterne and Tour Saint-Nicolas. Visitors can take a stroll along the old port and admire the beautiful architecture of the medieval buildings, or take a boat trip to the nearby islands.

One of the must-see places in La Rochelle is the Vieux Port, the old port, which is the heart of the city and offers a variety of shops, restaurants and cafes. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll along the quays and admire the beautiful boats, or take a boat trip to the nearby islands. Another must-see place is the Musee des Beaux-Arts, a museum that features an impressive collection of art and sculptures, including works by Monet, Degas and Renoir.

The city is also home to several historic sites, including the Saint-Louis Cathedral, a Gothic-style cathedral that dates back to the 13th century, and the Maison Henri II, a medieval townhouse that has been converted into a museum. Visitors can learn about the history and culture of the city by visiting these sites.

For those looking for something a little more off the beaten path, La Rochelle offers a variety of underrated things to do. For example, visitors can take a walk along the beach and enjoy the beautiful scenery, or take a bike ride along the coast and explore the nearby villages. For foodies, there are several local markets where you can sample delicious seafood and local specialties. Visitors can also take a day trip to the nearby islands, such as the Ile de Ré, which is known for its beautiful beaches and charming villages.

You will find many HomeCamper hosts that will welcome you in their garden around La Rochelle.

Some towns and villages of Charente-Maritime are also a must-see, each with their own unique charm and character. Some of the most beautiful villages in France can be found here such as La Flotte, Mornac-sur-Seudre, Talmont-sur-Gironde and Ars-en-Ré.

Here is a checklist of the villages, towns and cities of the department with their must-see sights:

  • La Flotte - charming village with traditional houses, boat trips to the nearby islands
  • Mornac-sur-Seudre - picturesque village with a charming port and oyster farming
  • Talmont-sur-Gironde - historic village known for its beautiful church and the castle of Talmont
  • Ars-en-Ré - charming village known for its traditional houses, lighthouse and the Saint-Étienne church.
  • Saint-Césaire - Paleosite of Saint-Césaire, one of the largest centers for prehistory in the world
  • Fâ - Gallo-Roman site showcasing discoveries in exhibition rooms and featuring aerial photos taken in 1975
  • Taillebourg - Castle of Taillebourg, a medieval fortress and a great example of military architecture
  • Montendre - Castle of Montendre, a medieval fortress with an impressive keep and a drawbridge
  • Island of Aix - Napoleon Museum, showcasing the history of Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Rochefort - House of Pierre Loti, a museum dedicated to the famous French author and naval officer
  • Museum of Natural History - showcasing the natural history of the region
  • Rochefort - City known for the Royal Rope factory

Charente-Maritime experiences an oceanic climate year-round, and while it can be humid in the winter and autumn, the best time to visit is between May and September. This is when the humidity is less present and the weather is more pleasant. It's worth noting that the wind can be strong at times, especially due to the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean.