Where to spend your summer holiday on the French Atlantic Coast

The region of Poitou-Charentes: an Atlantic coastline ideal for outdoor activities

When to go? Thanks to its proximity to the Atlantic ocean, the region stays pleasantly warm without feeling hot and muggy in the summer. Rainfall is lowest in the summer and spring making them ideal travel times to explore the region.

Summer temperatures in Poitou-Charentes: From June to August the sun is abundant and temperatures range from 72°F to 78°F.

1. La Rochelle: where sea and cultural heritage are intertwined

la-rochelle-887448_1280This Atlantic city is a must-see when visiting the region of Poitou-Charentes. In the summer, the city is animated and the activities are abundant.

Activities in the region: cultureswimmingpoolbike

Things to do in La Rochelle:

  • Cultural activities: Dine on oyster and fish caught fresh from the region in any one of the restaurants in the Old Port, in either the Saint Nicolas or St. Jean du Pérot neighborhoods.
  • Children will appreciate the aquarium in the summer, while their parents can enjoy the castle of Terre-Neuve or the eco-museum of Cognac.
  • Active excursions: We recommend you discover one of the many small islands by bike to take it all in.
  • The islands of Oléron and Ré both offer activities perfect for vacations with children.
  • The Fort of Boyard, the citadels of Brouage on the Island of Oléron, the oyster farm of Ré, and the whale lighthouse are all good for cultural activities. Horses, jetskis, paddleboards, catamarans, and bicycle rentals… there are any number of ways to explorethe region!

Our homes in La Rochelle

Vineyards and beaches: a perfect summer in Gironde and Acquitaine

1. Bordeaux: experience the magic of quaint villages and vineyards

15389667170_71dc781ff3_z (1).jpgVenture outside the city of Bordeaux and discover the backcountry of the region: the countryside offers you a multitude of villages situated in Bordeaux’s many vineyards.

Activities in the region: bikeculturehike

Things to do around Bordeaux: 

  • Active excursions: Rent a bike to go on spontaneous excursions in the region. The temperate climate and numerous gastronomic and cultural stops will assure you will spend a wonderful day with the family or as a couple.
  • Cultural activities: The village of Saint-Emilion, famous for its wine, is an absolute must-see during your vacation to Bordeaux.
  • By bike or car, take advantage of your trip to visit the castles known around the world for the quality of their wines and to offer you a taste of their prestige.

2. Gironde: visits to French castles


If you’d like to share a piece of French culture with your children, Gironde offers a quantity of ancient castles to visit.

Activities in the region: bikeculture

Things to do in Gironde: 

  • Cultural activities: Located just 25km from Bordeaux, the Castle of Vayres, is part of a number of exceptional sites: you can visit a true French medieval garden, stately rooms decorated in the style of Louis XIV, but also take advantage of the unique environment of rivers and forests.

3. Arcachon Bay: between sand and water


This unique place contains small villages that are nice to visit in the summer and forests ideal for bicycle rides, but also all the advantages of the ocean.

Activities in Arcachon: bikeswimmingpoolkayak

  • Things to do in Arcachon: 
  • Active excursions: With family, take advantage of boat rides to visit the close Bird Island or hob aboard an oyster boat to teach your children the art of cultivating.
  •  Enjoy the sunset from the dunes of Pilat, the tallest in Europe. Looking for adrenaline-inducing activities? Try paragliding on the dunes and admire the incomparable views of the ocean.
  • Arcachon and its neighboring towns in Gironde are popular tourist destinations. This unique place brings together small lovely villages to visit in the summer, ideal pine forests for bicycle rides but also the benefits of the sea.
  • Take advantage of your stay in Aquitaine to walk in the estuary or observe the fisherman’s huts on stilts.

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