Campsite in Charente-Maritime
By staying at the camping Sable Viginier you will be able to discover our beautiful region and its richness. The department of Charente-Maritime gathers, in part, two historical regions that are Aunis (area of La Rochelle and Rochefort) and Saintonge (area of Saintes, Oléron and Royan).
These lands were built and raised (very many buildings of the XIIth c.) in the Middle Ages by Aliénor d’Aquitaine, duchess of Aquitaine then queen of France and queen of England. The English presence on our coasts has both forged our ports and their maritime and trade relations and left the imprint of their language.
Thus in Oleron you will find under the name of the village of Ors (current), the village of Horse (former) place of grouping of the stables of the chivalry of the Castle.
Add to this the wars of religion and the Hundred Years War, Cardinal Mazarin, Cardinal Richelieu and you will have a field of life size history game !
- Brouage XVIe
Place forte with multiple watchtowers was originally a very active trading port. It is now sanded … several kilometers from the Charente coast.
It was the theater of many events in history, from the salt trade to the Netherlands, to the wars of religion between Catholics and Protestants, the port of departure of Samuel Champlain to Canada and who founded Quebec City in 1603, of Cardinal Mazarin, who kept his niece Marie Mancini away from Louis XIV who was madly in love with her….
A great treasure hunt (to be picked up at the tourist office) through the village will delight all families!
Pretty city new of the XVIIth (built with sidewalks and underground evacuation of sewage and rainwater!) was thought by Vauban and Colbert to become the armory of the fleet of Louis XIV. Recently, the Hermione was built and armed there according to the naval construction techniques of the time. A whole adventure to be discovered in the exhibition dedicated to it. She regularly returns to her port …
To visit also absolutely La Corderie Royale, the port, the thermal baths, its suspension bridge of the XIXth c. (unique in the world) and the city center.
- La Rochelle
Capital of Charente-Maritime. We no longer present this magnificent city, theater of decisive events in the history of France.
Its port and its fameuses tours st Nicolas and the tour de la Chaîne (without forgetting the tower of the Lantern a little further), its commercial alleys, the big Clock, the gardens and the very beautiful houses of the city center.
Also have a look at the Aquarium of La Rochelle, the Minimes port and its splendid pleasure boats. In the summer, La Rochelle welcomes every year the Festival des Francofolies, an essential scene of French music. North of the city, the bridge that leads to the Ile de Ré.