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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Charente-Maritime

Community of nearly 9,000 inhabitants, Aytré takes place in New-Aquitaine, in the heart of the department of Charente-Maritime. Located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, the second city of the urban area of ​​La Rochelle is located not far from Châtelaillon-Plage or Dompierre-sur-Mer.

Occupied since antiquity, as evidenced by the discovery of numerous Gallo-Roman remains, the commune of Aytré underwent numerous looting in the Middle Ages, especially from the Vikings. Attached to the crown of France in the second half of the fourteenth century, it first saw the sea, before turning to viticulture in the course of the nineteenth century. It was at this time that the city developed strongly, benefiting from the economic influence of La Rochelle, its neighbor.

Tourist commune, Aytré enjoys a pleasant natural setting and many beaches ideal for practicing water sports or idleness. A modest architectural and historical heritage completes the ensemble that attracts visitors visiting the region.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude46.1333355 (N 46° 8’ 0”)
Longitude-1.0999988 (W 1° 5’ 60”)
AltitudeFrom 1m to 21m
Surface area12.22 km²
Population9111 inhabitants
Density745 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLa Rochelle (10.8 km, 12 min)
Insee code17028
IntercommunalityCA de la Rochelle

Nearest cities & towns

La Jarne3.9 km (7 min)
Périgny4.8 km (8 min)
Saint-Rogatien5.1 km (9 min)
Angoulins5.5 km (8 min)
Salles-sur-Mer6.7 km (11 min)
Clavette7.4 km (10 min)
La Jarrie7.4 km (10 min)
Montroy8.1 km (13 min)
Dompierre-sur-Mer8.6 km (11 min)
La Rochelle8.9 km (12 min)
Lagord9.6 km (14 min)
Puilboreau9.7 km (11 min)
Croix-Chapeau9.7 km (13 min)
Bourgneuf9.8 km (13 min)
Châtelaillon-Plage9.9 km (11 min)

Things to see and do

Built in the 10th century, the church of Saint-Étienne has been reworked many times, notably during the course of the 19th century. Today it reveals a neo-Gothic style, as well as a bell-tower of the mid-19th century.

Private property today, the castle of Bongraine dates from the second half of the nineteenth century. It reveals a central dwelling of stone cut with circular towers with slate roofs. Former defense fortress against La Rochelle, it welcomed Queen Anne of Austria.

Sculpture by Christian Renonciat, the Horse-Ship, also called the Horse of Aytré, is a cast iron work of twenty tons installed in the center of a pool in cascades. The latter is inspired by the Viking drakkars and has recently become the emblem of the city.

Erected in the 18th century, the town hall of Aytré is the reconstruction of a building in the siege of La Rochelle and used for the cantonment of the staff of Louis XIII. From the original site, there is still the main entrance door.

Walking through the town, you can discover the tower of the old castle of the Reaux built in the sixteenth century. Former residence of Louis XIII during the siege of La Rochelle, it now hosts a socio-educational center.

Green city, Aytré has many natural spaces like the Maritime Garden with its 2,500 trees, park Pierre-Loti, or the small square on March 19, 1962. Also do not miss to enjoy the lake, very nice a promenade with the cove of Godechaud, a 3.5 km beach, or to go on the Chemin littoral, a long sandy beach for pedestrians and cyclists. The town is also developing plots of the Vélodyssée, a coastal cycle route from Roscoff to Hendaye.

The site of the marshes, rich of a voluntary nature reserve, is also a pleasant place of walk to discover the local flora and fauna. The beaches of Aytré and La Roux also offer a space for the practice of water sports or for the walk in edge of ocean.

Places of interest

Leisure centres

Events and festivities

The market is held every Friday morning.

Between March and April, place at the festival Les Amuses Gueules with readings of stories, musical readings and many other animations.

Every year in June, the town is crossed by the semi-marathon of Alstom which crosses the beach over several kilometers.

The festival Aytré Beach moves Summer is held in July, offering several free festivities.

For the National Day, in mid-July, Aytré offers its traditional fireworks.

In September, Aytré Asso's en Fête highlights all the associations of the municipality through various animations.


Monday 23 october
Min. 13°C - Max. 20°C
Tuesday 24 october
Min. 12°C - Max. 21°C
Wednesday 25 october
Min. 12°C - Max. 22°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Sailboat ride around Fort Boyard
Nature and the great outdoors15 € to 25 € Saint-Georges-d'Oléron (21 km)
Discover oyster farming on Oléron island
Local flavours38 € to 450 € Dolus-d'Oléron (25 km)
Horse or pony ride in the forest and on the beach
Sports sensations20 € to 38 € Ronce-les-Bains (39 km)
Horse-drawn carriage trips in Sud-Vendée
Nature and the great outdoors165 € to 975 € Sainte-Hermine (46 km)
See the Arvert peninsula from the sky
Entertainment40 € Saint-Sulpice-de-Royan (50 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Laves Wood
HikeEasy1h00La Taillée (30 km)
The Saint-Trojan miniature train
Rail itineraryEasy1h30Saint-Trojan-les-Bains (34 km)
Cité de l'Huître (oyster museum)
Cycling itineraryEasy2h00Marennes (35 km)
Chemin des Mottes
Village visitEasy1h00Le Gua (46 km)


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