Charente-Maritime The Charente-Maritime is certainly one of the most attractive departments of the Atlantic coast, rich with a diverse ecosystem which sees alternating marshes, dunes, reserves birds and meadows, open on the largest estuary in Europe, the Gironde, it is watered by several rivers including the Charente to which it owes part of its name. Charente-Maritime also offers visitors great beaches either along its coast or in one of its four islands; Ré, Aix, Oleron, and Madame. The architectural heritage is also remarkable, walk in Charente-Maritime is a bit like stepping back in time, every town, every village has survived the centuries and shows the different layers of time through its architecture. La Rochelle, the prefecture is as such certainly the most representative example of this architectural wealth, which dates back to medieval times, with its beautiful old harbor guarded by its famous towers, its kilometers of arcades and beautiful houses Tudor. Charente-Maritime between land and sea But do not just settle visit La Rochelle, there are so many wonders to discover, like Rochefort with its beautiful pristine center and its great royal rope. Brouages, a small town surrounded by ramparts in the middle of the swamp. Saintes, a town and country of art. Saint-Martin-de-Ré for its old center and its citadel. The Fort Boyard .... Several places of the department are listed as World Heritage by UNESCO: the citadel of Saint-Martin-de-Ré, the

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