Things to do when camping in Poitou-Charentes
Adorned by lovely beaches, scenic bays and beautiful islands on its long stretching coastline, Poitou-Charentes makes for an exciting and enticing seaside holiday location. In particular, the fine sands of the Charente-Maritime draw visitors from far and wide, namely to the beaches at Grande Plage at Saint-Georges-de-Didonne or Boirie in Saint Denis de Oléron.
A selection of exhilarating water sports can be enjoyed on the coast, whether you fancy some skiing, sea kayaking, surfing or windsailing. More leisurely aqua activities include sea fishing, sailing and paddle boarding.
The stunning island of Île de Ré, which can be reached by car, not only features gorgeous beaches but numerous attractions including the Lilleau des Niges Nature Reserve, Phare des Baleines Lighthouse and the Notre-Dame-de-Ré Abbey. A similar sense of island life can be felt on Île de Oléron, which is home to beautiful beaches and notable places of interest like Fort Boyard and Phare de Chassiron Lighthouse.
One of the highlights of the region is the many areas of outstanding beauty to be found here. For tranquil trips into the heart of lovely natural surroundings, you should consider a visit to the Marais Poitevin National Park. With the moniker of the Green Venice, the park is a dense wooded reserve of marshland and network of canals where you can see migrating birds, spoonbills, geese and ducks. Savour a boat trip along the canals as the verdant green views gently roll by.
Périgord-Limousin Regional Nature Park is also worth visiting, as you can enjoy pleasant ambles around the green fields while appreciating lovely flora and fauna and striking landscapes.
The countryside areas of the region are home to many majestic chateaux… what would a trip to France be without visiting one of its numerous castles? Make the most of your camping holiday in Poitou-Charentes by appreciating the beauty of the historic Château de La Rochefoucauld, Château d'Harcourt and magical Castle of Riddles in Pons.
If you are keen to explore the towns of the region, a trip to the harbour cities of Royan and La Rochelle are ideal. With plenty of history and an easy-going ambiance, you’ll find great shopping and dining experiences as well as many tourist attractions. Farther inland, Limoges features a nice Porcelain Museum and Reynou Zoo while the scenic Poitiers showcases plenty of fine architecture.
The captivating Futuroscope High-Tech Amusement Park is perhaps the best thing for kids to do in the region, but special mention should also go to La Rochelle Aquarium, Les Antilles de Jonzac Aqua Park and La Palmyre Zoo.