Family friendly fishing in the Charente-Maritime

Did you know…there are over 500,000 kilometres of rivers in France and over 1.5 million fishermen?

You did! But I bet you didn’t know that Bel-Air gites is less than 30 minutes from one of the best family friendly fishing lakes in the Charente-Maritime.

The ‘Etang du Clone Flanquet’ in Prèguillac is the closest. It’s approximately 20 kms or 20 minutes away and is ideal for learning or practising coarse fishing. The lake is heavily stocked with carp, roach, tench and black bass so you are guaranteed easy catches. It’s a beautiful calm wooded area, ideal for fishermen to relax with family and friends for the day. There’s a picnic area, parking, toilets and disabled access. Make a day of it with the family or take for a couple of hours by yourself. A fishing licence is compulsory and can be purchased online or at various outlets nearby, and this venue has a mandatory no-kill policy, so all caught fish have to be released back into the water.

Different techniques

Between Bel-Air Gites and Rochefort, which is just over an hour’s drive away, there are several fishing courses suitable for all levels of experience and techniques, including coarse and predator fishing.

For details on fishing in the Charente-Maritime and surrounding areas search on, the website for fishing information in France. This site provides all the information you need for each of the courses, for instance, types of fish, facilities and where to purchase licences.

Royan Harbour

If you fancy something a little different you an also fish in the channel and estuary around Royan, 40 minutes from Bel-Air Gites. Fishing in the harbour and estuary is allowed without a licence, but licences are required in the channels and can be purchased by the day, week or year on the website. For those that don’t fancy fishing there are plenty of other activities in and around Royan so you won’t get bored.

Men fishing in the sea

There are a couple of other great websites too, just to whet your appetite : Family Fishing Holidays in France and Fishing in France

Unfortunately we don’t provide fishing rods, nets or bait so you’ll have to bring your own. You should have plenty of room for the fishing gear though, because Bel-Air Gites provide everything else you and your family need to have a fantastic holiday. See you soon.

If you need us to get any more information about fishing licences just get in touch.


Violins on the beach

The 33rd Edition of ‘Un violin sur la Sable‘ – July 2020 on the beautiful Grande Conche Beach at Royan.

Man playing the violin (image credit - Quino Al on Unsplash)
This spectacular event has been wowing audiences of all ages for many years and this year will be no exception. The dates for July 2020 are the 25th, 28th and 31st with the festivities commencing at 10 p.m.

Grande Conche beach at Royan becomes the most beautiful concert hall in the world with over 50,000 people every evening. Even if you don’t like classical music this is an enchanting concept, attended by people of all ages and backgrounds.

Imagine sitting on the sand, the sea in front of you, a star-filled sky above you, listening to classical music. It’s an incredible experience and it is happening right on our doorstep.

For your perfect family holiday, come to Bel-Air Gîtes, child-friendly gites in the Charente-Maritime.

The historic seaside town of Royan, with it’s long, sandy beaches, is only a 40 minute drive from Bel-Air Gîtes.

Grande Conche Beach is ideal for children with a special section offering a wide range of fun activities. So while they are being entertained you can sit back and relax. If you are feeling energetic, there are areas for windsurfing and sailing, plus facilities to hire equipment and take lessons. Lifeguards patrol the beach here making sure that you and your family stay safe.

If you prefer something a little less energetic then the beach has a wonderful promenade with views over the sea, a paved footpath and a separate cycle path.

There is ample free parking on the side streets close to the beach. So you and your family can make a whole day of it, creating memories that will last forever.

For more information about the Violin on the Sand event 2020 you can visit their Facebook Page or website.

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Welcome To Our New Site

Welcome To Our New Site

We are delighted to finally launch our brand new website.

Because the old website did not display well on mobiles or tablets we decided it was time for an upgrade.

The new site was created by Trish with help from the ever patient Alan Egan at ‘Rent more weeks’.

This site will feature lots of information on things to do and places to visit in the Charente-Maritime during your stay at Bel-Air Gites.

Please feel free to have a browse around the site and let us know what you think of it. All comments and suggestions will be appreciated!

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