La Saintonge

 

Our “ Plus Beaux Villages de France”:

Not far from the campsite you will discover 2 nice villages members of “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” (The Most Beautiful Villages of France). You will find there craftspeople, local products, bars, créperies, restaurants... and magnificent hollyhocks!
Talmont sur Gironde (at 10 miles): medieval walled town, built on a rocky headland (Ste Radegonde Roman church from 12 th century, 'carrelets' and panoramic walks.
Mornac sur Seudre (at 9 miles): small oyster-farming port with a Roman church too, Roman halls and salt marshes. Nice walks between oysters cabins and funny birds.

*Our Treasures of Saintonge:

  • Château de la Roche Courbon, also called 'Castle of the Sleeping Beauty', in St Porchaire (at 20 miles by the road Saintes/St Romain-de-Benêt/Corme Royal ). The inside of the castle is furnished and visits are with a guide. Outside enjoy the magnificent gardens 'à la française' and walk to the caves.
  • Sablonceaux Abbey (at 10 miles, on the road to Saintes).
  • Stronghold of Brouage, fortified village designed by Vauban (at 23 miles, going to Rochefort/Marennes).
  • Cordouan Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in France (boat trip from Royan port).
  • Château de Crazannes (also called "Puss in Boots castle") (at 26 miles on the road Saintes /Pessines).
  • Fort Louvois called "the younger brother of Fort Boyard", at Bourcefranc-Le-Chapus (at 22 miles on the road Rochefort/Marennes).
  • le Fâ, Gallo-Roman archeological site in Barzan (at 11 miles going to Cozes/Talmont).
  • The Caves of Régulus and the caves of Matata, Troglodytic caves in Meschers (at 7 miles).
  • The city of Saintes (Roman amphitheater, Abbaye aux Dames, walks along the Charente...) Capital of Saintonge (at 16 miles).