Charentes cottages

Gites from Vendée & Charentes to les Landes

Western France from the Loire to the Gascony coast - 2024

Vendée, Charentes and Aquitaine
Area 4 . Central west France

Atlantic western France  

On this page: Loire Atlantique to Aquitaine - including Vendée, Deux-Sèvres, and the Charentes, covering the following French départements: (in North-South order):
44 Loire Atlantique,   85 Vendée   79 Deux Sèvres,  17 Charente Maritime,  16 Charente, 33 Gironde, 40 Landes

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The Loire Valley (49, 86 etc.)
or  Dordogne & Lot et Garonne  (24 and 47)

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40 Landes 44 Loire Atlantique 79 Deux Sèvres 85 Vendée

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 Gites by department / par département

(Departments listed in random order )

17 Gites in Charente Maritime (Coastal department north of the Gironde)
44 Gites in Loire Atlantique  (Once part of Brittany, either side of the Loire Estuary)

33 Gites in the Gironde  (the area round Bordeaux)

16 Gites in Charente  (The inland part of the Charentes, next to the Dordogne)

79 Gites in Deux Sèvres  (Department between Poitiers and the coast)

85 Gites in Vendée  (Coastal department south of the Loire)
40 Gites in Landes (The coastal department south of Bordeaux) Sorry, we do not currently have any properties in this area.

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Traditional gites in Vendée, Charentes and Aquitaine, including the departments of  Deux-Sèvres, the Gironde, and les Landes.  

Bellevue, near Cognac
The Atlantic coastal areas of France are popular holiday destinations. The Charentes are reputed to be one of the sunnier areas of France, and the coast offers many long expanses of sandy beaches. Parts of the coast also support a fishing and shellfish industry, with small fishing ports and oyster beds. Behind the coast, the region is mostly flat, with mixed agriculture in the northern parts, many vineyards in the middle, and pine-forests in the south, below the Gironde estuary.
     While the Charentes are largely flat and low-lying, the inland part of Aquitaine, the Dordogne and Lot & Garonne departments, includes areas of hills and valleys, including some impressive limestone gorges and many very attractive villages. Apart from the cities of Saint Nazaire and Nantes, on the Loire, Bordeaux on the Gironde, and the port of La Rochelle in the Charentes, central western and southwestern France is largely rural. Vendée and Deux Sèvres are famous for their bucolic countryside (and the Puy du Fou historic theme park in Vendée),  the Charentes for their dairy products, for oysters and for cognac, the Bordeaux area is of course famous as one of the world's greatest vineyards, and Lot & Garonne is reputed for its fruit and vegetables, notably plums and tomatoes. In the south, the department of les Landes is France's largest forested area, and boasts over 100 kilometres of fine sandy beaches

Driving times for this area:
6 to 12 hours from Calais or Lille under normal driving conditions.
Best access routes from UK, Belgium or Holland:
Western channel crossings to Roscoff, Cherbourg or Caen. From Calais, motorway via Rouen and Orleans.
Regional airports: Nantes, La Rochelle (Charente Maritime) , Bergerac (Dordogne) , Bordeaux (Gironde), Poitiers, Limoges.
For airlines serving this region, check out full details here: Flights to southwest France

Regional information:
The Loire Atlantique and Vendée are part of the Pays de la Loire region.
Deux Sèvres and the Charentes are in the Poitou-Charentes region.
The remaining departments are part of the Aquitaine region.
Main cities in this area :
Nantes, St. Nazaire, Les Sables d'Olonne, Poitiers, Niort, Périgueux, Angoulême, La Rochelle, Bordeaux.
Other attractions.
The Futuroscope, (near Poitiers) and Puy-du-Fou (Vendée) theme parks

Official regional tourist site
Visit Poitou Charentes

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