La Charente Maritime
5 minutes pour découvrir la Charente Maritime

Maritime heritage

An exceptionally rich and varied maritime heritage!

During its history, Charente-Maritime has inherited an exceptionally rich and varied maritime heritage, lovingly maintained and displayed by individuals, associations and organisations.

A Coastline to Explore

The Charente coastline and the surrounding islands offer a range of diverse and impressive fortifications, including Fort Boyard, and a few exceptional lighthouses, a unique way for visitors to appreciate even further the environment of the region. It is also the occasion to discover and learn about the myriad of sailing boats that make up the local fleet, both for fishing and pleasure boating.

Traditional Practices

Ever since the Middle Ages, the local population has used traditional methods to use the resources offered to them by the coast, whether it be oyster farming, mussel rearing or salt farming. There are also fishing techniques that demonstrate specific skill and knowledge, such as the installation of carrelets (fishing huts on stilts) or the construction of fish locks.

Fort Boyard

Fort Boyard

A veritable symbol of the maritime heritage!
Coastal Fortifications

Coastal Fortifications

 An exceptional historical diversity!
Old sailing boats

Old sailing boats

Fishing, pleasure boating, racing and regattas!
Oyster Farming

Oyster Farming

The oyster ponds replaced the salt marshe!
Mussel Culture

Mussel Culture

All you need to know about the savoir-faire of the ‘boucholeurs’!
Salt Farming

Salt Farming

A cooperative of 40 salt makers who perpetuate the tradition!
Carrelets

Carrelets

Discover these gangplanks ‘on stilts’ that are strung all along the Charentes coastline!
The Fish Locks

The Fish Locks

Designed to trap the fish which enter the lock with the rising tide!
Lighthouses

Lighthouses

Veritable guardians of our coasts, they are open for visits!