Welcome to Charente-Maritime

  Get ready to discover a dazzling corner of France that lies between Bordeaux to the south and the Loire Valley to the north. With sandy beaches, a choice of three Siblu campsites and summery weather to rival the Med, the region has all of the ingredients to make the perfect family holiday. Charente Maritime’s gentle microclimate combines perfectly with a stunning coastline. This makes it the ideal spot for sandcastle-builders, water-sport enthusiasts and sun-worshippers, whichever Siblu camping option you choose!   

Our Parks in Charente-Maritime

Bonne Anse Plage is a true favourite among our British and Irish holidaymakers, with its fantastic location near the seaside town of La Palmyre and its top-of-the-range facilities. 

cycle paths at Bonne Anse Plage
Cycle paths accessible from village
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Evening entertainment & shows
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Beach 1km away
Les Mathes

Welcome to Siblu's flagship park on the West Coast of France. With a huge pool complex, legendary waterslides and a massive entertainment area, it really is a whole world of its own. Don’t be surprised if you can barely tear yourself away from the park! 

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Restaurants and shops on-site
pet friendly accommodation
Pets welcome in certain accommodation
Slides
Slides & 3 heated pools
La Tremblade

Located within a pine forest on the edge of the Marennes Estuary, La Pignade is the perfect place for switching off from everyday life and basking in the beauty of nature. The park boasts a heated pool with retractable roof, slides, free kids’ clubs and evening entertainment for the whole family. It even has an on-site horse riding school, which is always popular with kids. 

heated, covered pool
Covered pool with retractable roof
horse riding on-site
Horse riding on-site
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Beach 1.5km away

What to Expect from a Trip to the Region

 

In striking distance of our three holiday parks in Charente-Maritime – Les Charmettes, Bonne Anse Plage and La Pignade – Royan’s town beach, La Grande Conche, has superb family facilities and lifeguards in high season. Nearby, there are smaller sandy coves to visit. And further afield more adventurous beach-goers can experience the pounding waves and fragrant forest delights of La Côte Sauvage (surfboards recommended!).
Or how about a spot of island-hopping? Offshore from La Rochelle, Ile de Ré, Ile d’Oléron and Ile d’Aix are easily accessible by bridge or boat. 

 

Why choose Charente Maritime?

Great weather

Its microclimate means it benefits from mild weather and low rainfall 

Beaches

Enjoy water sports and relaxing on Atlantic Coast beaches

Islands and ports

Visit historic La Rochelle or the stunning Île de Ré 

Embrace the outdoors

Explore the region by bike or on foot 

Explore other regions in France

Normandy is an irresistible destination for discovering everything that’s great about France without having to venture too far from home! Normandy’s fascinating history ranges from the era of William the Conqueror right through to the famous D-Day landings of World War II.

Brittany is France's north westernmost tip that reaches bravely outwards to the Atlantic Ocean. It is a delightful area to discover, and being well served with ferry ports bringing it even closer to Ireland. And there are many other reasons to choose Siblu holiday park, Domaine de Kerlann, Le Conguel or Les Pierres Couchées as a base.

The romantic Loire Valley lies in France’s heart. It is just south of Paris, yet still wonderfully accessible for the beaches of the Vendée and Loire Atlantique on the Loire coast. The Loire River, France’s longest, meanders through its verdant, vine-covered hills dotted with fairy-tale castles. To boot, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The southwest coast of France is an incredibly diverse area, full of beaches, nature and culture. It is also home to four amazing Siblu holiday parks: Domaine de Soulac, La Réserve, Les Viviers and Les Dunes de Contis. Outside of the parks themselves, the South West boasts a huge range of things to see and do, which makes it ideal for all kinds of holidaymakers.

Nowhere is more synonymous with sea and sunshine than the South of France. Warm, iridescent Mediterranean location – tick. French Riviera glitz and glamour – tick. Authentic flavours and savours of Provence – tick.

The stunning Rhone Alps region stretches from Lake Geneva in the north to Provence and the Cevennes in the south. This eastern corner of France is all about forests, mountains, rivers and fresh air, and Siblu’s holiday park, Les Rives de Condrieu, is the perfect exploring base.

Charente-Maritime- Exploring the Coast

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Best beaches
You're certainly spoiled for choice when it comes to big, sandy beaches on this amazing stretch of the west coast of France.
Families love to head to the resort of La Palmyre with its sheltered beaches and coves, where little ones can swim safely in the calm bay. Further around the coast, the Côte Sauvage is the surfers’ spot where you can work up an appetite catching the crashing waves. A stroll along St Palais is perfect in the evening sun for a relaxing meal overlooking the sea, rocks and ‘King of Lights’ (the Lighthouse of Cordouan). One of the most beautiful seaside beaches can be found at Les Sables d'Olonne, which offers beautiful views of blue green waters, fine white sand, fragranced with salty sea air and grilled seafood. At dusk, sit on the beach and take in the breathtaking night sky.
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Island Hopping
A three-kilometre bridge connects the city of La Rochelle to the chic Île de Ré, where the whole family can cycle up an appetite before visiting one of its fine restaurants. Or challenge everybody, old and young, to a surfing contest on the Ile d’Oléron, before exploring its ruined windmills and sand dunes. Then jump on a boat to get a closer look at the nearby 19th-century fortification Fort Boyard. The island of Yeu is an active fishing port, and is brimming with kilometres of diverse landscapes: dunes, coniferous woods, wild rocky coastlines, marshes, fields and picturesque houses with colourful shutters. Discover the lighthouses, beacons, harbours, and tiny streets of Port Joinville, and hear the legends and stories of the harbour at the old pot fishing village of Le Meule.
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Lighthouses
The Cordouan Lighthouse is known as the King of Lighthouses, and remains a fantastic sight for visitors as one of the oldest French lighthouses in use, and one of the only lighthouses with a live-in keeper. What sets this lighthouse apart from the others is its Notre Dame de Cordouan chapel and the fact that it is set in the middle of the sea 4 miles/6km away from the coast. The Chassiron Lighthouse is perched on top of a rocky cliff on the west coast of the Ile d’Oléron, and is remarkable in that it has a light that can be seen 32 miles/50 km away! It also boasts award-winning sculpted gardens too. You can also explore the Phare des Baleines, called the 'Lighthouse of the Whales', because many whales used to get washed ashore here. It is considered to be one of the tallest lighthouses in France, and if you make it to the top of the 257 steps you'll be rewarded with stunning views over the Ile de Ré, Ile d’Oléron and the ocean!

Charente-Maritime- Towns & History

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La Rochelle
The capital of Charente-Maritime, La Rochelle, is world-famous - and with good reason. As the protestant stronghold in catholic France during the fifteen hundreds, it is brimming over with historical facts and treasures waiting to be discovered. It was even a base for the Knights Templar! There’s lots on offer for little ones (and not so little ones), including one of the largest aquariums in France, the maritime museum, and the world war two bunker. Go and explore the old port and town where you’ll find many wonderful restaurants, markets and shops, offering all sorts local delicacies. And don’t forget to visit one of the three medieval towers guarding the entrance to the harbour, whose walls (marked with graffiti from prisoners from throughout the years) have borne witness to the town's fascinating history.
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Saintes
Saintes is steeped in history from Roman times, and a trip to the amphitheatre will transport you and your family back to the days of togas and gladiator fights. This ancient town is dotted with ancient roman remains and classical facades, which makes it a charming and interesting location for a day trip. The amphitheatre dates back to around the 1st century and is almost as big as the Colosseum in Rome, and you can also view the grand arches of Germanicus and the Abbaye aux Dames... It’s also a fantastic place to taste the regional delicacies, with lots of cognac and pineau tasting opportunities in many of the local chateaux. You can also enjoy a cruise down the river Charente, or stroll along its banks and watch the world go by.
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Château de la Gataudière
Situated 1.5km away from the sea, this magnificent castle combines history and adventure playground and has something for every member of the family. The castle sits in the middle of around 50 hectares of land and when you step inside you can admire the grand stone staircase and the jaw-dropping French regency decoration complete with colourful furnishings and gilt mirrors. Outside, kids can zip around on the zip lines, cross wobbly walkways in the trees, jump on quad bikes or get messy playing paintball.
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Cognac
If you're after a day out to keep the parents happy then this will work a treat. The town gives its name to one of the world’s most well-known types of brandy. Spend the day exploring the town’s medieval district ‘Vieux Cognac’, and take in the unusual architecture and narrow cobbled streets. Make sure you fit in a visit to one of the Cognac making houses and sample the iconic brand. The Martell house keeps its visitors well-occupied, with sound and light shows as well as taste testings.

Charente-Maritime- Culture & Attractions

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Luna Park & Youpiland
This funfair offers tons of thrills and excitement for children and big kids alike, just 1.5km away from Bonne Anse. Dare to bear the drop tower, get carried away on the carousels or defy gravity on the pendulum rides. For those unable to stomach all that, why not admire the fireworks, play games at the stalls or get in to win prizes for the tombola. An evening sure to entertain everyone. Or visit Youpiland, it's a children’s wonderland of fun, as it’s almost packed with inflatable castles, slides, ball pools, small trains, swings, inflatable climbing walls! While the children play, adults can relax and have a refreshing drink, ice cream or sweets on the terrace. Everything’s equipped here for the family, with a picnic and baby area.
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Futuroscope
Why not break your journey on the way to the park or when heading back home by stopping off at Futuroscope, one of France’s largest and most popular theme parks? One day here and you’ll start finding the present old fashioned – you can go on an adventure to the animated world in one of the many Imax cinemas, have a drink on top of the world in the Aerobar, or even go dancing with giant robots! The light and water show in the evening is sure to amaze the whole family, and you can even stay the night in one of the futuristic hotels.
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La Palmyre Zoo
Don’t miss the fantastic zoo at La Palmyre with its 1,600 furry, feathered and scaly creatures. It’s a great day out for all the family and your kids will be enchanted by the animals - the elephants and giraffes in particular! The zoo runs breeding programmes for endangered species but something makes us suspect that your children are going to be more interested in the parrot and sea-lion shows, the baby monkeys and zebras, and the extrovert meercats who love to play up to an audience.
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Royan & Violon sur le Sable Concert
The seaside town of Royan is the capital of the Côte de Beauté (Beautiful Coast) region around the vast Gironde Estuary. As well as its bustling marina and fishing port, Royan is the setting for the Violon sur le Sable classical music festival, held each year in late July when the beach becomes a free open-air concert hall. Visitors can enjoy a picnic as well as the wonderful music, and in the evening there are firework displays.

Travelling to Charente-Maritime from Ireland

 

PLANE

The nearest airport to our Charente-Maritime parks is La Rochelle- Île de Ré airport. Ryanair runs direct flights from Dublin to La Rochelle during the summer season.  

FERRY

Many of our holidaymakers opt for the ease of bringing their own cars to Charente Maritime by getting the ferry from Ireland. Cherbourg and Roscoff ferry ports  easily accessible from Ireland thanks to crossings with Irish Ferries (from Dublin), Brittany Ferries (from Cork and Rosslare) and Stena Line (from Rosslare).  

Irish Ferries Irish Ferries have a number of crossings throughout the summer, running every other day of the week Route: Dublin-Cherbourg

Stena Line Stena Line run crossings 3 times a week Route: Rosslare-Cherbourg

Brittany Ferries Our partnership with Brittany ferries gives you a 5% discount on your ferry crossing! Routes: Rosslare-Roscoff Departs: Monday evenings. Returns: Tuesday evenings Cork-Roscoff Departures: Saturday nights

*Make sure to check the ferry providers' websites for the most up-to-date information about crossings

 

Distances/driving time from La Rochelle airport

La Pignade

77km/ 1hr 2 mins drive

Les Charmettes

87 km/ 1 hr 10 mins drive

Bonne Anse Plage

92 km/ 1hr 16 mins drive

Distances/driving time from Roscoff ferry port

La Pignade

517km/ 5 hrs 45 mins drive

Les Charmettes

533 km/ 5 hrs 55 mins drive

Bonne Anse Plage

532 km/ 5 hrs 55 mins drive

Distances/driving time from Cherbourg ferry port

La Pignade

547 km/ 5 hrs 50 mins drive

Les Charmettes

558 km/ 6 hrs drive

Bonne Anse Plage

563 km/ 6 hrs 5 mins drive