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La Rochelle, Islands & Beaches

France’s sunny west coast
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Enjoy a couple of nights in the celebrated wine city of Bordeaux at the 4-star Bayonne Etche-Ona, just a few minutes’ walk from the leafy, café-lined Allée de Tourny.
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel cycling, luggage transported
  • plenty of opportunities to relax by the sea
  • fascinating maritime history
  • excellent seafood
  • spend a day on chic Île de Ré


The Charente-Maritime coastline is synonymous with long, sandy beaches and plentiful sunshine. But there’s more to it than that.

This is a region of proud maritime traditions, once leading the way in shipbuilding, rope-making and exploration – Champlain, who went on to discover Québec, was born here.

If you can tear yourselves away from the plages  to follow our suggested cycle routes, you’ll discover why this glorious coastline – whose flat terrain is perfect for cycling – has such a wide appeal. History? Tick – there are 17th- and early 19th-century fortifications right along the coast, and you can delve into the region’s maritime traditions, naval battles, and links to Napoleon and the explorer Champlain. Good food? Tick – the oysters and mussels are some of the best in France, and prawns, lobster, fresh sardines, sole and scallops also feature widely on menus. Wildlife? Tick – the wetlands are teeming with wading birds such as oystercatchers, curlews, redshanks, sandpipers, little egrets, spoonbills and ringed plovers. Towns and villages to potter around? Tick – you’ll find your fill in La Rochelle and on glamorous Île de Ré. The choice is yours.

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