Beaches

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Chatelaillon Plage

Chatelaillon Plage is on the way to La Rochelle and it is easy to combine both in a day. Parking isn’t too bad and the beach is long with a number of distractions including a funfair, restaurants and ice cream parlours. But it can be very tidal so best to consult the tide charts as the sea can be a long way out.

Saint Georges de Didonne

Saint Georges de Didonne is in the direction of Royan and the easiest, and fastest, route is down the A10 and then pick up the N150, it takes around 45 minutes. Parking is generally very good with a long road with a central isle providing four lines of bays. Aside from the delightfully named Acapulco bar, there is a little else to distract the children except for an excellent tree climbing park on the southern end of the beach.

Fouras

Fouras is on the way to Rochefort and takes around 45 minutes. It can also be tidal but has a small section of the beach which is sectioned off and behind a concrete peninsula which ensures the water isn’t too far away. It’s not our favourite beach but there are plenty of shops there.

Ile D’Oleron

The Grand Plage at Ile D’Oleron is located on the west side of the island, which is accessed via a free three kilometre bridge. It takes around an hour to get to the bridge and a further fifteen minutes to get to the beach, but it can be very busy so best to get there early and avoid weekends. But when you get there it is one of the best beaches in the world and worth packing a body board when the surf is up. The naturist section is clearly marked but you’ll know you’re there long before you see the signs.

Ile de Ré

Ile de Ré is about an hour and fifteen minutes drive and is accessed via a long toll bridge which costs 16 euros. It is perfect for cycling with smooth tarmac tracks running through woods and linking the cities and towns of the island. It feels palpably richer – and more expensive – than its near neighbour Ile D’Oleron.

La Rochelle

There are a couple of beaches – Plage des Minimes and Plage du Chef du Baie which are a reasonable bike ride from the old port.

Royan

Royan has a two kilometre beach – La Grande Conche – which is handy for shops and restaurants, but can get very busy.

Cote Sauvage

Cote Sauvage is located down from Ile D’Oleron on the west coast and, as the name suggests, can be a little savage but parking is reasonable although followed by a lengthy trek through the woods. Beware of naturists.

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Chatelaillon Plage
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Saint Georges de Didonne
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Fouras
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Ile D’Oleron
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Ile de Ré
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Plage des Minimes
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Plage du Chef du Baie
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Royan – La Grande Conche
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Cote Sauvage
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