A self catering cottage in Charente Maritime is a great base for a holiday at any time of the year. The Atlantic coastline has everything from quiet coves to resort beaches where you can try your hand at windsurfing, kite surfing and other water sports. It's worth exploring some of the islands just off shore including Il de Re, a popular destination for French holidaymakers. The island is reached by bridge (with a somewhat hefty toll fee), once there you can enjoy unspoilt sandy beaches with some of the best rock pooling around! The market at La Flotte is also a treat with seafood and local fruit and vegetables stacked up looking picture perfect and tasting just as good.