Charente Maritime

The Charente Maritime is a part of the Poitou-Charentes administrative region and is the second largest as well as being the most populated department in the region. The important rivers are the Charente and its tributaries, the Boutonne and the Seugne, along with the Sèvre Niortaise, the Seudre, and the Garonne, in its downstream part, which is the estuary of the Gironde.

The islands of Île de Ré (photo below of St. Martin de Ré), Ile d’Oléron and Île d’Aix are to be found in the Charente Maritime, forming the northern part of the Aquitaine basin. The highest point in the Charente Maritime is in the woods of Chantemerlière, near the commune of Contré in the north east, rising to 173 m. Follow the links below to learn much more about this beautiful region on the Atlantic coast of France.

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Île-de-Ré in Charente Maritime