The Côte de Beauté corresponds to the most southerly coastline of the department of Charente-Maritime and the Poitou-Charentes region. Bordering the mouth of the estuary of the Gironde, the largest wild estuary in Europe, it extends from the Coubre Point and Bonne-Anse Bay to the cliffs of Meschers-sur-Gironde.
From the lonely loneliness of the Cordouan lighthouse to the hillsides overlooking the estuary, bike paths and paths that cross the pine forests in the shimmering checkers of the oyster parks of the Seudre, each village has its jewel, often a Romanesque church placed on The way to Santiago de Compostela. Clearly, your footsteps will lead you to discover Talmont-sur-Gironde, a village classified among the most beautiful villages in France, and its magnificent church of Sainte Radegonde.
To perfect your knowledge of the region, some preserved natural sites are worth a visit. This is the case of the Parc de l'Estuaire which will help you to understand the estuary, its fauna, its flora, its traditional fishing .... Local flora enthusiasts will use the interpretive trail; Of the belvedere tower offers a magnificent panorama on the conches of the Côte de Beauté.
The Pays Royannais contains many treasures. Its location is ideal to radiate and to leave to the discovery of the other wealth beyond the territory.
Gallo-Roman city located on the banks of the Charente, Saintes has a lot of charm. Its preserved buildings, the amphitheater, the arch of Germanicus in particular, its Abbaye aux Dames and the church of Saint-Eutrope make it an inescapable place.
Immortalized by the film of Jacques Demy, the young ladies of Rochefort, the city owes its notoriety to its arsenal, its Corderie Royale and more recently thanks to the fabulous reconstruction of the frigate Hermione.
Beautiful and rebellious, La Rochelle offers to look its towers, its beautiful mansions, its streets lined with arcades, but also its port, its sailboats. It is also the scene of many events such as the Grand Pavois, a must-see nautical rendezvous that takes place at the beginning of September.
Finally, to end this journey, why not go for a walk in the vineyards of Bordeaux or the cellars of Cognac? Their names sound like promises of pleasure and incomparable pleasures.