Local Attractions

St Savinien

The Charente Maritime is a region bordering the Atlantic coast and boasts of some magnificent beaches, historic towns and villages, markets, chateaux and forests.

Your holiday accomodation lies just outside the picturesque town of Saint Savinien, being centrally located is an excellent base to discover the many attractions of the department.

The town is located on the banks of the Charente River said by Francois I to be (the most beautiful river in France), which is over 360km long (200km navigable).

Saint Savinien is overlooked by the beautiful 13/14th century church which is modelled on Buckfast Abbey.

In the 18th century Saint Savinen was a thriving nautical centre and boats laden with stone from Crazannes, cognac, wine and varios other local produce sailed from here all over the world.

There are two bridges which take you on to Ile de Grenouillette which has a lovely park with picnic areas, a boating lake, restaurants, creperie, camp site and swimming pool, tennis courts and crazy golf.

In Saint Savinien there is an Intermarche, three bakeries, two tabac/newsagents with daily English papers. Fishing permits are available from the Tabac by the bridge in Saint Savinien at a cost of 10 euro per day.

Every year there is a wine festival in Saint Savinien. The town becomes a hive of activity with stall holders and visitors from far and wide. The streets in the town centre are lined with stalls and off course all the wines can be sampled before purchasing. There are also some stalls hosting a fine selection of sausage, cured hams and superb cheeses.

There are a multitude of beautiful beaches running from La Rochelle, Chatelaillion and Fouras in the north, to Royan, St George de Didonne and Suzac in the south. They range from sheltered coves backed by pine trees to vast sandy beaches with expansive Atlantic breakers. There are also many beach resorts, large and small, with their attractive promenades, restaurants, shops and bars.

In St Savinien there is an outdoor swimming pool and a large park which has a boating lake where the children can sail on some miniature boats including a trawler, cargo ship, Mississippi steamboat etc.

A visit to 'Pierres de Crazannes and 'Lapidalles' is a must. Last year 'Lapidalles' celebrated it's 10th year since opening. It is a maze of old quarries which provided the local stone for many of the buildings in the area. Artists come from all over the world to create their wonderful sculptures into the rock faces and onto appropriate shaped rocks.

At Port d'envaux there is a lovely picnic area by the river where you can also enjoy a swim or a ride in the pedlos.

St.Jean de Angely is a lovely market town with plenty of restaurants and amenities for example, the Atlantys leisure complex with a 54mtr flume, saunas and steam room etc. Also there is a large lake where you can hire canoes or pedlos.

The Islands

Easily accessible by spectacular viaducts or by ferry. They have individual characteristics and many glorious features.

  • Ile d'Oleron (Grand Plage is a must, miles and miles of golden sands).
  • Ile de Re (the town of St Martin with its lovely port, restaurants and shops).
  • Ile de Aix (there are no cars allowed, you travel by ferry and can hire bikes to ride round the island. You may prefer to walk or ride the horse drawn carriages. It is a wonderful day out and not to be missed).

Historical Sites

  • The fortified old harbour of LA ROCHELLE.
  • The vauban fort of FOURAS.
  • The wonderful chateaux LA ROCHE COURBON, CRAZANNES and DOUHET.
  • The 17th century walled town of BROUAGE.
  • The ramparts of Taillebourg.
  • The ROMAN AMPITHEATRE, Baths and Germanican arch in the beautiful town of SAINTES.
  • The Royal Ropeworks, arsenal and maritime museum at ROCHEFORT.

Other Attractions

  • The ZOO at LA PALMYRE.
  • The Aquarium at Port de Minimes in LA ROCHELLE, which is a lovely town having a wonderful ambiance with the street buskers and shops and restaurants.
  • The lively town of ROYAN where you can visit the wonderful beaches, go horse racing and eat in the multitude of fish restaurants.
  • FUTUROSCOPE is situated in POITIERS, which is just over an hour's drive.
  • The oyster farms at Marennes.
  • There are a fine selection of distilleries at COGNAC that you can visit for a tour and taste of the goods eg. Hennessy, Martell, Remy, Otard and Camus Bisquet.

There are four GOLF COURSES in the local area.

For anyone who is exhausted just reading the attractions, which are all under an hour's drive away, you may just want to laze by the pool or perhaps have a scenic country walk, not too far to go, starts across the street! I'm sure you will enjoy your holiday and don't forget to spend some time just sitting in any of the town squares with a refreshment and watch the world go by.

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