Charente Maritime is a sunny location which attracts many tourists from France and some Britons too. It sits in the Poitou Charentes region of the county, to the far west in what is known as a Department or area. This area also includes several islands (Oleron, Aix, Madame and Re), part of the Gironde Estuary, and goes out northwards to the bay of Anse de l’Aiguillon.
For transportation, it is easy to drive through the area if you take your vehicle into France or hire one once you arrive there. The A10 road that has a toll to ride on it goes north-bound. This connects to the A837 which runs in a north-westerly direction towards La Rochelle.
Within the region is the fast train network TER which has train stations in quite a few of the towns in this part of France. Connections are possible from Paris (known as Montparnasse) to La Rochelle, which is north-west of Charente Maritime. It is also possible to get off at Surgeres from the same train, which has many interesting thing to see as well.
This Department (or area) is serviced by several airports and some benefit from connections from the UK on low cost airlines which can be easily booked. Bordeaux Airport is a good airport to connect to for southern exploring in this area. The Angouleme-Cognac Airport is in the west and is closer to the places of interest mentioned above.
It may surprise you to learn that Charente Maritime is the second most frequently visited part of France. Var is the most popular and nearby Vendee is joint second with Charente Maritime for the most popular. Over 80% of visitors to the area are French tourists, and of the foreign tourists, Britons make up over a third. The area benefits from great beaches, good weather, many things to do and ever improving transport connections.