The countryside of the département of Charente-Maritime, overlapping the regions of Aunis and Saintonge, blends diversity, beauty and authenticity and is - as yet - largely unspoilt.
Open country and regional produce
Forests, fields of sunflowers, charming waterways and vineyards cover the hinterland. A multitude of places to find peace and rest, but also a wide range of activities - walks
, bike rides
, horse rides
, tennis...the interior of the Charente-Maritime is also a region of good living, with excellent regional produce such as pineau
, goat’s cheeses
and so on.
A unique heritage
The heart of the Charente-Maritime is a huge open-air history book, rich in Romanesque churches
, abbeys and châteaux
. The main towns of the interior count many awe-inspiring historical monuments; for example the Roman town of Saintes
, with its arenas, hot springs and triumphal arch, as well as the splendid Abbaye-aux-Dames
on the road to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle are also well worth a visit. There is also Surgères
with its medieval fortifications, and Jonzac
with its château and old town.