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.