Charente Maritime Property
When buying property in France, few places offer a wider choice amid such breathtakingly diverse scenery as Charente-Maritime property for sale. From picturesque seaside villages to historic riverside towns, and from traditional chalets in the heart of majestic forests to grand chateaux surrounded by vineyards, a spectacular Charente-Maritime property can be found to suit every taste and requirement.
Charente-Maritime is known for its sunny climate where rain is infrequent and winters are remarkably mild. The magnificent weather and unspoilt scenery draw tourists from all over Europe and beyond, making Charente-Maritime property for sale an excellent investment, whether as a rental opportunity or a second home.
The department of Charente-Maritime lies on the west coast of France, boasting a vast and largely unspoilt coastline and several sun-drenched islands where Charente-Maritime property for sale can also be found. For millennia the history of the area has been inextricably linked to the sea, not just for fishing and the other seafood for which the department is famous around the world, but also for trade and exploration. This proud nautical tradition can be seen in the modern name of the department, alongside the name of the major river that flows gracefully through the area, the Charente. With its tributaries, estuaries and salt marshes, coupled with the extensive coastline, Charente Maritime property for sale often has outstanding views across tranquil waterways, and often within picturesque towns and villages nationally recognised for their beauty.
With the extensive coast of Charente-Maritime facing out into the Atlantic Ocean, there are many spectacular landmarks that dot the shoreline, from historic fortresses to imposing lighthouses that rise majestically from the rocks. These exist alongside the traditional marine practises long used by the people of the area, such as the carrelets (fishing huts on stilts), ‘fish locks’, and the famous oyster and mussel farms. The area’s seafood is still sold in an array of traditional markets and harbourside restaurants, and alongside the local production of cognac, dining out is always a pleasure in Charente-Maritime, whether al fresco, overlooking a moonlit harbour, or in a traditional bistro surrounded by vineyards. Today, the sleepy harbours where Charente-Maritime property for sale can be found leave room for pleasure craft of all shapes and sizes, and excursions by boat are a popular pastime for locals and tourists alike.
Of course, the calm seas were historically not just a source of fresh seafood, but also a link to the rest of Europe and the world, and trade has been an important part of life in Charente-Maritime since prehistory. Since man first learned how to sail the seas, explorers have set off from the Charente-Maritime coast to search for new lands and peoples with which to trade, and the area boasts several famous explorers, including Samuel de Champlain, the founder of Quebec. Many fascinating museums can be found in the area documenting all aspects of Charente-Maritime’s history, including the life and work of its most famous explorers and the Paleosite in Saint Cesaire with its interactive prehistory centre, famous for the discovery of a young Neanderthal girl, found in 1979 on the site.
Just off the coast, the department’s four islands offer a wide range of Charente Maritime property for sale. Arguably the most famous, Ile de Re, with its uniform whitewashed buildings and traditional harbours, offers a chance to get away from it all amid beautiful scenery and sleepy villages, while still maintaining good links to the mainland. In contrast, nearby Ile d’Aix is only accessible by boat, providing a true haven for nature lovers amid the untamed countryside, and possesses a rare peace that is maintained by a ban on motor vehicles. L’Ile d’Oleron is gifted not only with long sandy beaches, which draw watersport enthusiasts to the extensive facilities, but also magnificent oak and pine forests, which offer a beautiful setting for rest and relaxation. Finally L’Ile Madame is the least well known of the four islands and is accessible only at low tide via the quaintly named ‘cow pass’. Almost untouched, this small island near the Charente estuary has long been a centre for fishing, and boasts many of the traditional carrelets.
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