Tourism

Visits and outings


Sea promenade « Croisères la sirène »
Port de Plaisance
17200 Royan

Phone: +33 (0)5.46.05.30.93

Website

My advice : Cordouan lighthouse visit


Royan Museum
31 avenue de Paris
– Pontaillac –
17200 Royan

phone : +33 (0)5.46.38.85.96

Webiste  


Hennessy visits
Rue de la Richonne
16100 Cognac

Phone : 05.45.35.06.44

Webiste 

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Le Train des Mouettes
3 Chem. Vert
17600 Saujon

Phone: +33 (0)5.46.05.37.64

Website


Le Phare de la Coubre (lighthouse)
17390 La Tremblade

Phone : +33 (0)5.46.06.26.42

Site Internet  


Bac Royan – Verdon (Ferry)
Port de Royan
17200 Royan

Phone : +33 (0)5.46.38.35.15

Website 

My advice : bring your bikes to visit Soulac and the beaches


Zoo – La Palmyre
(10 min by car)
6 av Royan
17570 Les Mathes

Phone : +33 (0) 5.46.22.46.06

Website


Aquarium – La Rochelle
(1h15 by car)
Quai Louis Prunier

phone : +33 (0)5.46.34.00.00

My advice : Tickets online 


Corderie Royale – Rochefort
(50 min by car)
Rue Jean-Baptiste Audebert

Phone : +33 (0)5.46.87.01.90

Webiste

My advice : Tickets online 


La Maison des Douanes
(15 min walk)
46 rue de l’océan
17420 Saint-Palais-sur-Mer

Website


Tèrra aventura is a great way to explore Nouvelle-Aquitaine and to discover geocaching. The Tèrra aventura universe is captivating! 

Containers called “caches” are hidden here and about. The aim of the game ? To discover the caches and find the treasure they contain !

Tiny creatures called  Poï’z live in the Tèrra Aventura caches. Collect all the poï’z badges! How? Simply choose one of the 400 Terra Aventura trails and let the App guide you : answer the different questions on your way, and find the treasure!  

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Sentier des douaniers – Saint-Palais-Sur-Mer
(5 min walk)

Beautiful Villages to visit

Brouage

Founded in 1555 by Jacques de Pons on a ballast deposit, Jacopolis sur Brouage was initially specialized in the salt trade. Wealthy and prosperous, it soon took on strategic importance and turned into a bone of contention between Catholics and Protestants. In 1627, Cardinal Richelieu became its governor and ordered his favorite architect, Pierre d’Argencout, to fortify the town, which was then transformed into a genuine bastion. Following his death, Brouage declined; in 1685, Vauban intervened and narrowed down the dimensions of the fortifications. Used during the French Revolution as a prison town, Brouage fell into a deep slumber, as though the sea had forgotten its existence in the heart of the marshland. Its reputation is also due to figures such as Samuel Champlain; born in Brouage around 1570, he founded the city of Quebec. And then there was Marie Mancini, exiled here in 1659 by her uncle, the cardinal of Mazarin, so as to keep her away from Louis XIV. Guided visits are proposed all year long by the Office de Tourisme: the port’s history, the fortifications, the military edifices…

The islands


Ile d’Aix

You will reach Ile d’Aix by ferry from the end of the peninsula of Fouras-les-Bains. The island is a car-free zone, so you will have to board the ferry either on foot or by bike. Please also note that crossing hours depend on the tides. 

During summertime, we advise you to take the first ferry in the morning to avoid the crownds of the next ferries. 

Daily crossings are assured 365 days/year by the Maritime Service.

Boat schedule


Ile Madame

The wildest and smallest island in Rochefort ocean : a fragile environment to preserve

Ile Madame is reachable at low tide all year round from Port-des-Barques. 

You will have to walk on the “Passe-aux-Boeufs”, a one kilometre naturel gravel path that is uncovered at low tide. You can go on the path with your car but we do encourage you to go on foot, by bike to use the horse drawn carriage that departs at the start of the path. From the sky, the island is a little confetti located on the left side of the estuary of the Charente river, right between Ile d’Oléron and Ile de Ré. 

By the way, on Ile Madame, you’ll enjoy a 360° view on all the islands of Charente-Maritime.


Ile d’Oléron

The largest French island on the Atlantic coast. Wilder than its sister island, the Île de Ré, it is the realm of family vacations!

My little advice: take the little Saint Trojan train