08/29 > 09/20/2020

Department of Charente Maritime (17)

Departmental council

Inhabitants: 646,000 (Charentais Maritimes) in 472 communes, grouped

into 9 communities and 3 larger municipalities

Prefecture: La Rochelle

www.la.charente-maritime.fr

www.infiniment-charentes.fr

Cycling: 640km of major cycle routes, 2,750km-long cycling network (tracks and circuits), 5 major European and national routes, 3 departmental routes. In 1976, La Rochelle was the first city in France to offer self-service bicycles.

Sport and culture: Stade Rochelais (rugby, Top 14), Nautic Club angérien (swimming, Saint-Jean d’Angély), Aunis Handball (Nationale 3 men, Nationale 2 women), US Saintes (multisport club). Facilities: 3,481 sports facilities in the department, Marcel Deflandre stadium in La Rochelle, Châtelaillon Plage racecourse. Athletes: Isabelle Autissier (sailing), Charline Picon (windsurfing, Olympic champion in 2016), Antoine Albeau (windsurfing, multiple world champion). Events*: Francofolies (contemporary music), La Rochelle Film Festival, La Rochelle Festival of TV Fiction, Free Music, Festival of Saintes Abbaye aux Dames (classical music), La Rochelle Marathon, Autumn Rally (car rallying), International Motocross Championship, International Triathlon of the Côte de Beauté, Red Bull Cliff Diving and Grand Pavois de La Rochelle (sailing).

Sights and culture: Fort Boyard, La Rochelle’s old port, La Rochelle Aquarium, Saintes Roman amphitheatre, citadel of Saint Martin de Ré, transporter bridge at Rochefort, Arsenal des Mers at Rochefort, La Coursive Scène Nationale La Rochelle (theatre), La Sirène contemporary music venue in La Rochelle, Coupe d’Or theatre in Rochefort, Gallia theatre and cinema in Saintes.

Gastronomy: Oysters, éclade (smoked mussels with pine needles), chaudrée (fish soup), galette charentaise (pancake), farci charentais (vegetable pâté), jonchée (cheese), millas (pastry), pineau des Charentes (wine), cognac

Distinctions: France’s second most popular department as a tourist destination, four towns and regions of art and history (Rochefort, Royan, Saintes, Île de Ré), five UNESCO World Heritage sites (Church of Saint-Pierre d’Aulnay, Pons pilgrims’ hospital, Church of Saint Eutrope de Saintes, Royal Abbey of Saint Jean d’Angély, citadel of Saint Martin de Ré), five villages listed among France’s Most Beautiful Villages (Ars en Ré, Brouage, La Flotte, Mornac sur Seudre, Talmont sur Gironde), three villages labelled “Small Communities of Character” (Saint Sauvant, Saint Savinien sur Charente, Talmont sur Gironde).

Photos aeriennes de fort boyard de nuit. La Rochelle, le 02 07 2019. PHOTO XAVIER LEOTY © Xavier Leoty ©
Rochefort-Martrou Transporter Bridge crossing the Charente river between Rochefort and Echillais in Charente-Maritime, France © Getty Images/iStockphoto
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