The beaches of Charente-Maritime: which one to choose according to your desires?

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With its 463-kilometer-long coastline, you can easily enjoy the joys of the sea and nautical activities. For this we have prepared you a top of the beaches of Charente-Maritime that meet your different needs. Find in this article which beach is the most delicious, the best for surfing, the most beautiful, the one accessible by wheelchair, and many more! Everything to have a real good holiday by the sea.

1. The greenest beach in Charente-Maritime

The beach of Chay, located in Royan, has the blue flag. It is an environmental label which makes it possible to classify the beaches according to environmental, water and waste management criteria. It is a small beach ideal for shore fishing at low tide. Supervised and with rocks, it is perfect to spend there a pleasant day with the children. Here you can relax and enjoy the passing summer.

Chay beach

2. The largest beach for long walks in the sand

One of the largest beaches in Charente-Maritime is that of the Grande Côte in Saint-Palais-sur-Mer. It stretches for nearly 4 kilometers. Enough to make a nice walk with your feet in the water! With its pleasant seaside, you can enjoy the view by sitting on one of its many benches. It is a very pretty beach which allows you to stroll quietly.

The Great Coast

3. The best beach for fishing enthusiasts

Coubre beach in La Tremblade is one of the wildest places around. It is a hollow beach where many baïnes are formed. You can fish for sea bass, sole, turbot and meager. If you are passionate about fishing, you can practice your favorite activity there while enjoying a campsite by the sea.

Coubre beach


Le Camping Club la Côte Sauvage 4 *, a new campsite by the sea, is located in an exceptional natural setting. You can enjoy the magnificent sandy beaches nearby, but also a lot of other activities such as: a water park, children / teenagers clubs, sports tournaments, restaurants, fishing, visiting the zoo of la Palmyre and hiking in the forest. Enough to spend a wonderful family vacation!

4. The most family-friendly beach

The beach of Gollandières, on the island of Ré, has many facilities so that each member of the family can make the most of their vacation: children's club, nautical club, mobile library, surfing, sailing, access ramps, volleyball net, swimming pool, toilets, showers, picnic. Children, adolescents and adults will find something to occupy themselves on the same beach! What's more, free parking is nearby and the swimming area is supervised in July and August. There really is something for the whole family!


5. The most beautiful beach in Charente-Maritime

Without contest, Nuns' beach is a beautiful place, recommended by many locals. Located in Meschers-sur-Gironde, you will have to walk a bit to enjoy its beauty. In addition, the beach is supervised in July and August and toilets are available. A cocktail and tapas bar will allow you to eat on site from midday until late at night. No need to come with your picnic! It is a superb place protected from the wind, perfect for un petit tour and paddle.

Nuns beach

6. The most famous beach for surfing

The Charente-Maritime has many spots for surfing. It must be said that here, the waves and the water temperature allow surfing all year round! To indulge in your favorite activity, whether you are a beginner, an amateur or an expert, the beach of Vert-Bois, on the island of Oléron is a famous sliding spot. Moreover, you can also learn about sand yachting and kitesurfing at the same time. For more security, this beach has a lifeguard station in summer. It is really one of the beaches of Charente-Maritime not to be missed!


7. The favorite beach of our dog friends

The beach Vieux Phare, in La Tremblade, tolerates dogs all year round. This will allow you to contemplate this magnificent wild landscape, while taking a nice walk with your 4-legged companion. Enough to let him let off steam as he pleases and that he too can enjoy the joys of the sea. Be careful, however, for swimming, currents can be quite strong in this location.

8. The most gourmet beach

Bordered by many restaurants, Nauzan beach, in Vaux-sur-Mer, is a great place to eat with a great view. You can taste there pizza, grills, french food and snacks. There is something for every taste. Something to please you with the taste buds, but also with the eyes!

Nauzan beach

9. The best wheelchair accessible beach

Luckily, several beaches in Charente-Maritime have Handiplage access, which will delight travelers with reduced mobility. For our top, we have selected you Palmyre beach. Open all year round, it is located near the old port and the city center. Moreover, it is labeled Tourism and Handicap and has an access ramp to the beach as well as a tiralo. It is a calm and pleasant place where the whole family can enjoy a swim in the sea.

A Tiralo

A great summer vacation

The beaches of Charente-Maritime are the perfect place to spend a great summer vacation. Especially since most of them are supervised in the summer, which makes them safe swimming spots. But they also allow you to practice many water activities such as surfing, kitesurfing, paddle boarding, sailing, bodyboarding, canoeing and many other leisure activities. What to enjoy the waves, but also a good moment of rest. Without forgetting that this region is ideal for enjoying beautiful sunsets over the ocean. All you have to do is plan your next vacation!

And you, what do you prefer to do during the summer?

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