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    Like to escape for a romantic weekend by the sea?  Then try La Rochelle and Ile de Ré, the pearls of Poitou-Charentes Atlantic coast.

    Start your short break with a walk through La Rochelle’s picturesque Old Town to explore its commercial and maritime heritage. Stroll along historic streets lined with stone arcades, wander along the quaysides of the Vieux Port, and enjoy food with a view over lunch on a café terrace. La Rochelle is packed with things to see and do, but no-one should miss the Aquarium, one of the largest in Europe. Discover the marine life of the local Atlantic waters, as well as species from the oceans of the world, all in one unforgettable visit.

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    Leave your bags at ‘Un hotel en ville’, a delightful boutique hotel with relaxing, modern décor, right next to the twin medieval towers which guard the entrance to the Vieux Port. Then set off to explore the Ile de Ré. Start off at pretty Saint-Martin-de-Ré, with its lovely harbour. And don’t miss the little factory at Loix where soap is made from the milk of local donkeys! 

    After lunch in the open air with a view of the boats, nothing could be nicer than a gentle bike ride to explore the coastline and salt marshes.

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  • Campsite La Côte Sauvage, Ile de Ré

    Nature break beside the sea: experience the relaxed lifestyle of the Ile de Ré

    Experience the relaxed lifestyle of the Ile de Ré at the Camping de la Côte Sauvage in Saint Clément des Baleines at the tip of the island.

    Whether you come by camping car, caravan or with your tent, sleep in a bungalow or in a Mongolian yurt, you’ll be struck by the tranquillity of a campsite sheltered by a sand dune and linked to the beach by a path.

    If you love nature, this campsite is definitely for you.  Awarded a European Ecolabel for its environmentally-friendly practices, the site uses renewable energy, restricts waste, and operates water-saving measures. So guests can enjoy an unforgettable stay in harmony with the natural world.

    Be super green and swop your vehicle for a bicycle, the best way to discover the charms of the Ile de Ré. Climb to the top of the Phare des Baleines lighthouse for a panoramic view and take an atmospheric walk through the salt marshes.The whole family can relax together in this glorious location.

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    If your own wellbeing – and that of the environment – is high on your wish list for weekends and holidays, come to a destination where you can live in harmony with nature. The natural beauty of places like Ile de Ré is fragile and the eco-hotel of Les Vignes de la Chapelle on the south coast of the island welcomes nature lovers keen to preserve its local environment.

    You’ll be able to see and feel the beauty of Ile de Ré from the moment you arrive. Absorb the peaceful atmosphere and soak up the magnificent view across the vineyards to the distant ocean and the outlines of Ile d’Aix and Ile d’Oléron. There’s a double delight in knowing that whole hotel has been thought out not only for your personal wellbeing, but also to safeguard  the nature all around.

    For you, there are ‘lodge’ rooms or spacious duplex apartments, quiet and comfortable, with a decking terrace where you can enjoy a tasty organic breakfast of local products. There’s a spa area too with sauna and heated pool for the ultimate chill-out, with the added bonus of birdsong, sunshine and the rhythmical sound of the ocean –the complete coastal relaxation package!

    And to help the environment, the hotel’s many eco-friendly measures include using solar panels, renewable energy, and natural materials, as well as recycling whenever possible.

    Stay close to nature throughout your stay by taking an excursion by bike or on horseback along the coast or through the salt marshes. Drop in at the Ecomusée du Marais Salant, or salt marsh discovery centre; buy some pure donkey milk soap from the shop in Saint-Martin-de-Ré; breathe in that clear sea air from the Phare des Baleines lighthouse; go birdwatching at the Lilleau des Niges reserve; and be as active or passive as you please on the Ile de Ré’s magnificent beaches.

    It really is possible to live in harmony with yourself and with nature – you just have to see life from an organic, environmentally-friendly point of view!

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  • B&B La Rochelle Lodge, Sainte-Soulle

    Home from home with B&B at La Rochelle Lodge

    If you like the atmosphere of staying in an elegant family home and feeling like a personal guest, you’ll love La Rochelle Lodge, a gorgeous country house in typical Charentais style in the heart of Poitou-Charentes.

    You’re just ten minutes from La Rochelle and the French Atlantic Coast when you book bed and breakfast in one of the five charming guest rooms, with easy access also to the Ile de Ré and Ile d’Oléron, the marshland of the Marais Poitevin and the maritime heritage town of Rochefort.

    Each room at La Rochelle Lodge has been individually and imaginatively furnished. Perhaps you like the neutral colours of the Nature room, Exo-Chic, or Linen. Something more striking? Then maybe the Black and White room is for you with its striped soft furnishings, or the red highlights of the Art Deco room. All five bedrooms feature exposed brickwork and wooden beams, tv, internet access and hairdryer.

    Start your day with breakfast in the kitchen or sun terrace, and enjoy fresh bread and pastries, locally cured ham, cheeses and home-made jam, plus a choice of teas, coffees and juice. And relax after a day’s sightseeing around the secluded swimming pool.

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  • Campsite Siblu Bonne Anse Plage, Les Mathes

    Budget break beside the sea

    Fancy exploring the Atlantic Coast and enjoying its pleasant climate?  Then you’ll love La Bonne Anse campsite**** north of Royan and close to the Pointe de la Coubre with its magnificent beach.

    Spend an unforgettable family holiday deep in a forest of coastal pines and within easy reach of the sea. Accommodation on offer includes mobile homes, cottages and family-friendly pitches .

    With its heated pools, water slides and paddling pool, the site’s extensive aqua park will be a huge hit with your children and you can relax knowing that there are lifeguards on duty. Or maybe they’d prefer to build castles whilst you sunbathe on the beautiful beaches of fine sand along the unspoilt Côte Sauvage. For older children, the campsite offers a choice of activities, shows and sports.

    La Bonne Anse also makes a great base for excursions and bike rides. Don’t miss La Palmyre Zoo, one of the largest in Europe with more than 1600 animals. To the south, the seaside resort of Royan boasts an impressive mix of flamboyant Belle Epoque villas and minimalist architecture from the 1950s.

    So come and enjoy a fresh air break that really does have something for all the family.

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