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Beaches, Lakes & Waterparks


Seaside, Inland lakes, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, water parks in Southwest France

Loads of watersports for your family to enjoy on holiday

Beaches at La Palmyre, Royan

Watersports - Sailing at La Guerlie Beach, Lacs de Haute Charente

The classic go-to beaches are at Royan at La Palmyre. Full day’s entertainment available for the kids here and a great Zoo as well. However, be aware La Palmyre is a good hour by road just from Cognac at this time of year and parking and facilities are at capacity. But the quality of beaches is fantastic and the sea is protected from full open water by the huge spit of land that curves around from La Palmyre.

Lacs de Haute Charente – Pressignac

Watersports - Sailing at La Guerlie Beach, Lacs de Haute Charente

The Lacs de Haute Charente are the largest inland lakes in the region and were formed to manage the water-flow into the Charente River from the surrounding countryside as well as to provide water for a very thirsty Angouleme! Here at these lakes, you can indulge in many water sports which we list below. Alternatively you canjust swim or relax and sunbathe on the sandy beaches and find a beach bar or restaurant for lunch. No motor sports are permitted on the lakes.

Nautilis Angouleme

A giant water park with flumes that go on for ever, water slides, wave machines and just very very large pools and lakes.