France’s Royan area is a real hotspot for holidaymakers after sun, sea and a dose of authentic French culture. The region’s historic port of La Rochelle offers a tantalising mix of sightseeing and relaxation thanks to its fascinating attractions and the many beautiful beaches within an hour of its centre.
Looking for somewhere to stay in La Rochelle? Take a look at our guide to the best campsites in this beautiful region. If the city is top of your list for a camping holiday this year, don’t forget to check out the following La Rochelle beaches:
Plage de la Conche des Baleines, Île de Ré
If you’re a fan of wilder beaches, Île de Ré is a must. The tiny island is connected to La Rochelle by a bridge and, once over it, you’ll discover dozens of secluded coves and protected wetlands. At the western tip of the island is Saint-Clément-des-Baleines, a sleepy yet very pretty fishing village that’s home to Plage de la Conche des Baleines. It’s one of Île de Ré’s most famous beaches thanks to its vast dunes, natural pine forest and protected waters which are great for a refreshing dip.
Plage du Châtelaillon, Châtelaillon-Plage
Drive south from La Rochelle and you’ll eventually come across Châtelaillon-Plage, a seaside resort with a picturesque promenade and several kilometres of beautiful beach. Plage du Châtelaillon is the main stretch that features calm sea and ample space for sandcastle building and soaking up some sun.
If you’re visiting in early summer, don’t miss the Châtelaillon-Plage Wind and Kite Festival that fills up the beach with colourful kites and plenty of free activities.
Plage des Minimes
For somewhere close by for a swim after exploring Le Rochelle itself, you can’t beat Plage des Minimes. It’s an urban beach south of the city centre near the modern Les Minimes Marina that’s home to some impressive yachts as well as a healthy handful of cafés and bakeries.
The La Rochelle beach is gloriously sandy and well-equipped during the summer season with public showers and toilets as well as lifeguards. If you fancy a stroll, head towards Pointe des Minimes for uninterrupted ocean views.
Plage de la Pointe
If you don’t mind a short hike, Plage de la Pointe is definitely worth a trip. It’s a little further away from La Rochelle and set within the Bay of Aiguillon Nature Reserve, a protected area of wetlands and salt marshes.
Park at the end of Chemin de la Baie and then take one of the coastal lanes down to the beach. Once there, you’ll be greeted with stunning, untouched dunes that are usually free from crowds.
Plage Chef de Baie
Compact but charming, Plage Chef de Baie is only 15 minutes from the centre of La Rochelle and perfect for a swim and sunbathe. It’s backed by large boulders and features a stretch of grass just behind it that’s ideal for those days when the sand gets a little too busy.
Feel like filling your belly with grub like mouth-watering moules frites? No worries – you’ll find various seaside restaurants along this La Rochelle beach that are more than up to the job.
Campsites near La Rochelle beaches
If a holiday near La Rochelle’s beaches sounds ideal, why not check into one of our Canvas Holidays campsites by the sea? Discover Camping La Cote Sauvage on the idyllic Île de Ré or stay just south of Châtelaillon-Plage at family-friendly Domaine des Charmilles.
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