Les Etangs de Mina is situated between the LAND ...
in the heart of the Brouages Marshes and the Saintonge
And the SEA ...
less than 12 miles from the best beaches in the Charente Maritime.
The Charente Maritime enjoys a temperate, oceanic climate; warm in summer and mild in winter for the pleasure of holiday makers. The area is renowned for having as many sunny days per year as the French Riviera.
Beaches for everyone:
families prefer the safe beaches for children at Chatelaillon (40kms/25miles), Meschers sur Gironde (25kms/15miles) or Saint Palais sur Mer (20kms/12miles)
If you’re looking for surf and feeling sporty then the wind swept beaches on the Île d’Oléron are for you.
Nature lovers will head for the long beach, between the forest and sand dunes, which extends from La Tremblade/Ronce les Bains to La Palmyre.
Those that like the advantages of being in town can head for the beaches in Royan (17kms/11miles) or La Rochelle (50kms/31miles)
Each to his own island:
Whilst you’re on holiday in the Charente Maritime you must visit at least 1 of the 4 islands
in the county:
, called the sunny island, has many facets to show you; roam the island by rambling through the countryside, by bicycle on the many cycle paths or by boat.
Discover the history; the citadel at Chateau d’Oléron, numerous forts, Romanesque churches and lighthouses.
L'île de Ré
, has many aspects that will encourage you to wind down; it’s beaches of fine sand, forests, harbours, lighthouses, salt marshes… take a bicycle ride for the day and discover it at your own pace.
et l'île Madame
are remarkably calm and relaxing. You can discover them on foot, bicycle or even on horse and cart, you won’t regret it. Watch out because for one of these islands you can only get across when the tide is out!
Only 10kms (6 miles) from Saujon, Les Etangs de Mina is at the crossroads of the county of Charente Maritime; it’s an ideal base from which you can discover the area.
is renowned for its gastronomy; oyster farms, fresh fish, its beach and canal.
To the north Rochefort
is rich in naval history; you can visit the Hermione, a project to rebuild the frigate of Lafayette that played a major role in the independence of North America, the Corderie Royale as well as the Museum of Yesteryears Shops & Commerce, the museum of the famous French author Pierre Loti. Its architecture and white stone built houses will impress you.
To the south, on the road to Bordeaux, you’ll find Royan
; a chic and refined holiday town. Royan is situated on the Côte de Beauté, translated as the Beautiful Coast. Right in the centre of the town you’ll find its harbor and beaches of fine sand; there’s always something going on in Royan.
Before you take the motorway, stop off in Saintes
; a city with a gallo-roman, medieval and classical heritage. It is situated on the banks of the Charente River, which you can explore with hire boats and canoes. The city plays host to many festivals; you can visit the roman amphitheatre, or the European Centre of Musical Research at the Abbaye aux Dames.
The famous town of Cognac
is only 60 kms (37 miles) away
Not to be missed
Not far from the campsite you can stroll around Mornac sur Seudre
, a village classed amongst the most beautiful villages in France. You can chat with the artists and discover their locally made products and paintings.
Take a guided trip around the Maison des Abeilles (Bee House) situated 10kms (6 miles) away or the Ferme de Magné (4kms) or the Village de la Fontaine (2kms)
is situated halfway between the Île d’Oléron and the Île d’Aix and has been made famous due to the television game. You can only see it up close from a boat, get onboard at Bourcefranc (20kms/12 miles)
1 hours’ drive away will find you in the Marais Poitevin
. You can punt along the duckweed covered canals or discover the marshes on horseback or bicycle.
Frances largest private zoo at La Palmyre
(30kms/19miles) will enchant young and old
The aquarium at La Rochelle
is also a major attraction not to be missed
The French love their food and there’s a lot to taste around here.
The bay area of Marennes-Oléron is rich in seafood; the internationally famous Marennes-Oléron oysters
are farmed here. On the market stalls you’ll find fresh seafood, fresh fish and mussels: local specialties are prepared using them. It’s worth tasting mussels in the form of an Eclade or a Mouclade
Accompany your meal with a Pineau
Blanc or Rouge for the aperitif, a glass of wine from Oléron or Charentais and finish off with a Cognac brandy.
You can go brandy tasting, visit the cellars and meet the wine makers in Cognac, a town that is only 60kms (37 miles) away
Fill your shopping basket every morning with fresh produce at the local markets; melons
, tomatoes and other fresh vegetables, goat’s cheese, caramel flavoured with sea salt ...
The many Tourist Offices will advise you on all the events and activities; whether they are cultural, sports or family orientated.