The pretty town of St Savinien was once a busy river port but is now a designated ‘Petite Cite de Caractere’ where you can stroll along the once busy quays and lanes and browse the local art galleries and beautiful stone buildings.
St Savinien is on the train line between La Rochelle and Bordeaux with a regular service throughout the day.
Canoes and small motor boats can be hired locally to explore the beautiful Charente river, maybe stopping for lunch at Taillebourg or Port D’Enveax before meandering back to St Savinien keeping a lookout for kingfishers on the way.
Carrelets, which are the local traditional fishermens cabins can be seen alone the banks of the river.
There are numerous local markets and weekly brocantes throughout the summer -always a bargain to be found!
The area is popular for cyclists with flat and quiet roads. Bicycles can be hired locally but we have secure storage should you bring your own.
There are three local golf courses, Royan, La Rochelle and Saintes with many more within the region.
Fouras and Fort Boyard
The beach at Fouras with Fort Boyard in the distance. Originally built to guard the mouth of the Charente and the Port of Rochefort but probably more famous today as the setting for the Crystal Maze TV game show. Boat tours are available throughout the summer.
Stroll through the streets where 15th century half timber houses adjoin 19th century properties or take the Cognac Tour where you can enjoy a tasting (or two) at one or more of the many Cognac producers.
“The Green Venice” is a labyrinth of hundreds of kilometres of canals and ditches which have been shaped over centuries by both man and nature. It’s recognised in France as an area of great importance. Hire a canoe or boat and explore this peaceful, natural environment.
You can find something to pleas everyone in historic La Rochelle. You have the beautiful Old Port, medieval houses, the Aquarium, the Maritime Museum and the pedestrian arcades and squares where you can shop and dine to your hearts content.Or just sit as we sometimes do with a bowl of Moules frites on the marina watching the world pass by!
Saintes was chosen by the Romans 2000yrs ago as the capital of Aquitania.
Today the well preserved amphitheater is one of the biggest reminders of that time.
You can also visit the 11th century Abbaye aux Dames which was the first women’s monastery in Saintonge.