The most beautiful photo spots in Charente-Maritime

Meschers-sur-Gironde
The most beautiful ph ...

The Charente-Maritime is a very diverse region for amateur photographers. It has preserved and wild natural sites, between land, sea and river. The city of La Rochelle has a rich past, which can be read or rather photographed at leisure for lovers of old stones. The islands are favorite sites for those who love quaint and colorful fishing villages. We take you on a photo road-trip on the lands of Charente.


Opening photo: Photo: Adobestock guitou60 (see below)

The essential photo of the sunset over the Port of La Rochelle

The Port of La Rochelle, its towers, its lighthouses… The monuments of the city of La Rochelle all lend themselves to a souvenir photo of your visit to the city. On the outskirts of the agglomeration, you will be surprised by the many natural sites that surround it, such as the Sèvre Niortaise, the Marans Canal, continued by that of Rompsay, the Aytré Beach, the coastal path...

Read our report article: Walk in La Rochelle


La Rochelle Photo: AdobeStock_Delphotostock


Photographing sharks at the La Rochelle Aquarium

The La Rochelle Aquarium is one of the most beautiful in Europe. The variety of species presented and the different aquatic worlds are exceptional. If you want to take underwater photos, without getting wet, this is THE site to do. Photos are allowed without flash for the welfare of the animals. But if you are patient, amazing animal photos await you there. In addition, it is a very playful museum and very popular with children. There is something to please the whole family.

Squares in series in the mouth of the Gironde

Les Carrelets are part of the Charente-Maritime heritage, but you will also find them on the banks of the rivers. Those bordering the Estuary of the Charente or the Mouth of the Gironde are very beautiful. They are the witnesses, still alive for some, of the economic wealth of the region. The largest concentration of squares are found in Meschers-sur-Gironde. Placed along the coast, they dress the white limestone cliff. They are particularly well maintained and still in operation. You will take very authentic photos.

Photo: Lesley Williamson


Vertiginous photo on the Rochefort Transporter Bridge

The town of Rochefort is renowned for its unusual heritage, in particular its arsenal, its museum of old shops and its transporter bridge of course. Nicknamed the “Iron Lady of Charente-Maritime”, this bridge is a feat of 19th century engineering. Do not hesitate to machine-gun it from all angles, it is beautiful from every angle… of iron!

Photo: Helenedevun Adobestock


Color palette in Saint-Denis d'Oléron

The island of Oléron is very popular with tourists and photographers, as you will find both beautiful natural sites and picturesque oyster farming villages. An original photo is to be taken on the Plage de la Boirie in Saint-Denis d'Oléron: charming painted bathing huts offer you a palette of colors full of nuances! If you like this type of photos, go to the Artist's Village of Château d'Oléron, with its very shimmering old oyster huts.

Photo: AdobeStock plmprod


Low-angle shot of the Charente-Maritime lighthouses

If the lighthouses are typical buildings of Charente-Maritime, they nevertheless represent an unknown maritime heritage. Not all of them are open to visitors, but if you have the opportunity, do not hesitate to climb one of them. The view at the top of these giant guardians of the ocean is well worth the physical effort of climbing those endless stairs... which sometimes allow you to take amazing interior shots! For those who are not accessible, the low-angle photos are technically interesting.

Ornithological photo in the natural sites of Charente

Charente-Maritime is on the migratory route of many bird species. During migration periods, the early evening is a time when you can surprise this multitude of birds landing on the Charente lakes. This magical moment, with the sunset as a backdrop, is one of the dream shots of all photography and ornithology enthusiasts. Even outside of this season, the Charente Estuary, the Mouth of the Gironde, the Arvert Peninsula and the many salt marshes along the Charentaise Coast are favorite sites for wildlife photographers.

Photo: AdobeStock finecki


The shell caves of Meschers-sur-Gironde

The caves of Meschers-sur-Gironde, real underground gems, transport you to a mysterious and fascinating world. Located on the limestone cliffs of the Atlantic coast, these caves offer a unique experience. Through a network of galleries dug by erosion and the hand of man, you will discover different rooms and their history. A must visit for lovers of adventure and discovery.

Photo: Adobestock guitou60


Talmont-sur-Gironde, its church perched above the water and its narrow streets

Talmont-sur-Gironde, perched on a cliff overlooking the Gironde estuary, is a real medieval treasure. This picturesque village, classified among the Most Beautiful Villages of France, charms visitors with its authentic character and its enchanting setting. The narrow, cobbled streets reveal white stone houses with colorful shutters, offering a unique atmosphere. Stroll through its quiet streets, visit the Sainte-Radegonde church dating from the 12th century, and contemplate the breathtaking views of the estuary. The peaceful atmosphere and historical heritage of Talmont-sur-Gironde make it an ideal destination for great photos.

Photo: Adobe Stock tunach17


We hope that this photo road-trip in Charente lands has inspired you for your next vacation in Charente Maritime.


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