The Sunny Charente Maritime



 The sunny Charente-Maritime is a favourite for those in search of a family holiday with sun, sea and sand.

 The sunny Charente-Maritime with its  pretty seaside villages of  Saint Georges de Didonne, Talmont, Meschers sur Gironde and Royan and the islands of Ile de Re and  Ile D’Oleron  ,is a favourite for those in search of a family holiday with sun, sea and sand

The Charente Maritime is fortunate enough to enjoy a microclimate, with long, warm summers and mild winters. Average daily temperatures during mid-winter are a mild 9 to 10 °C, whilst July and August temperatures exceed 25 °C. The area is second only to the Cote D’Azur in terms of the annual amount of sunshine it receives (2250 sunshine hours)

The beautiful sandy  beaches of Meschers and Royan (Grand Conche, Chay beach, Pontailliac beach) are just a 20 minute drive away from Bel Air Gites. There is every type of beach imagineable from the pretty cove beaches of Meschers , the sweeping white sandy beaches, each some 3kms long at St George and at Royan. There’s surfing at St Palais, even the odd discrete Naturist beach. In all, over 30 kms of sandy beaches on your doorstep. The most popular beaches will have lifeguards on duty and the safer places to swim are marked with flags.

To the North of Royan the Cote sauvage is perfect for surfing and body boarding. The Côte Sauvage starts near La Palmyre, north of Royan, and stretches north-west around the point La Tremblade.  Beaches here aren’t patrolled by lifeguards,It’s popular with surfers, there are cycle paths and it’s also possible to go horse-riding.