Saintes, the ideal holiday destination!
On the banks of the Charente, between the vineyards of Cognac and the Atlantic Ocean, Saintes and its incredible built heritage are well worth going out of your way for. On the programme for your day: boat trips in a “gabarre”, bike rides, historical visits and lazy moments in the Charente sunshine!
And since the Charente-Maritime counts so many treasures, allow yourself an enjoyable stay at a 4 or 5 star campsite. On-site, enjoy all the pleasures of the heated swimming pools, free activities and entertainment for the kids, services and shops open throughout the day... all set in an exceptional natural environment! So now all you have to do is choose your fully-equipped mobile home or your camping pitch, before sampling the good life on the shores of the Charente-Maritime.
Visit Saintes with the family
Visiting Saintes with the children? Take them to experience an epic adventure from the days of the gladiators! Capital of Aquitaine during the Gallo-Roman period, Saintes has plenty of amazing surprises for you to discover with all the family.
Begin in the town centre, as you admire the imposing Arch of Germanicus, one of the original gateways to the city. Then, just 200m further on, Saintes’ archaeological museum is waiting to recount what life was like for the townspeople in the days of Julius Caesar: their habits and customs, their games and how they dressed...the ideal opportunity to travel back in time with them! Finally, your journey comes to an impressive end on the terraces of the town’s immense amphitheatre, on the left bank of the Charente. There’s no doubt about it, the children will take away a headful of fabulous memories of their camping stay in Saintes!
Visit Saintes as a couple
Fall under the charm of the scenery during your stay here in Saintes, the perfect spot for just the two of you! On foot, by bike or by boat, the many discovery trails offer a multitude of ways to see and experience the town.
Start with a voyage to the heart of Romanesque art, on both banks of the Charente: on one side the Abbaye aux Dames, a listed historical monument, on the other the Saint-Eutrope Basilica, a Unesco world heritage site. After stopping off for a tasty break, accompanied by the famous Pineau de Charentes, it’s time for your exploration to continue down on the river. In Saintes, hop aboard a traditional “gabarre” for a romantic cruise on the Charente. Settle back together and take all the time in the world to admire the unspoilt landscapes that line its banks!
Camping Saintes: our handy tips for a successful stay
Favour a gentler way of getting about with the “Flow Vélo”, a delightfully bucolic cycle track that follows the Charente!
For all fans of great wine, meet one of the 4,500 winegrowers of the vast Cognac vineyard around Saintes!
Discover Les Lapidiales in Port d’Envaux, a unique open-air sculpture workshop!
After all your adventures, return to the peace and quiet of your holiday rental... before hitting the water in the campsite swimming pool!