159 Properties for sale in Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle Aquitaine (formerly Poitou-Charentes, Aquitaine and Limousin), France
Famous for its long stretches of sandy coast and sunny summer days, Charente-Maritime, currently in Poitou-Charentes, is popular with French and British holidaymakers, especially the island of Ré. There is also a little haven for wildlife-lovers in the Marais Poitevin, and bustling La Rochelle for those in search of a bit of life and culture. Don't miss out on the local seafood, a real treat for the tastebuds.
CAPITAL: LA ROCHELLE - Three tall towers guarding the harbour of La Rochelle act as a reminder of the port town's turbulent history. Nowadays it has a seafront packed with bustling restaurants and bars, a thriving port and one of Europe's best aquariums boasting more than 10,000 sea creatures.
Average property prices
Charente-Maritime department: €180 500
Source: Notaires de France
Access from UK
By air: La Rochelle and Poitiers
By train: Eurostar to Paris and then TGV to La Rochelle
By road: La Rochelle is 700km from Calais
Average annual temperature: (La Rochelle): 9.5°C/16.8°C
Average annual rainfall: 753mm
Average annual sunshine hours: approximately 1,900
Of the department's many sandy beaches the best can be found on the islands off La Rochelle – Île de Ré, Île d'Aix and Île d'Oléron. Île de Ré is also home to two Plus Beaux Villages: La Flotte and Ars-en- Ré. Away from the coast the vast area of marshland called the Marais Poitevin is often referred to as La Venise Verte (Green Venice), and is a haven for wildlife.