River Charente

Charming Charente

Sleepy rivers or lively beaches, the Charente and Charente-Maritime has much to offer.

This area is most famous for giving the world Cognac but people are drawn here for its sunshine, its beaches, its seafood and for the Charente’s unspoiled, sleepy charm.

Charente and Charente-Maritime in South Western France are two departments of Nouveau Aquitaine, the largest administrative region in the country and together they enjoy the second most sunshine hours in the whole of France.

The region derives its name from the serene River Charente, once described by Kings Francois I and Henri IV as 'the most beautiful stream in France' which loops back and forth to meet the Atlantic near Rochefort just South of La Rochelle.

Like its slow flowing river, life in the Charente can seem sleepy and languid but it thrives on a lifeblood of Cognac, its lesser known cousin Pineau de Charente and blankets of golden sunflowers. Charente-Maritime on the other hand is where the lively beaches and nightlife can be found as well as a wealth of seafood restaurants, serving up the area’s world-famous oysters and moules mariniere.

Whether you prefer a quiet day cycling and kayaking down the river or crave some beach time, followed by shopping and dining, and perhaps a concert and nightclub, Charente and Charente-Maritime boast a diverse range of attractions for the holidaymaker.

Article written by James Wignall, author of the Family Travel Journal, www.familytraveljournal.co.uk

Photo by Pamela Smith, www.pamelajaynephotography.com

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