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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Charente-Maritime

Saint-Savinien - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Charente-Maritime

Located on the banks of the Charente, Saint-Savinien also locally called Saint-Savinien-on-Charente is a charming village very picturesque. Labeled Village of stones and water, the municipality abounds of a remarkable historical inheritance. It is an inescapable stage of the Romanesque Saintonge and forms part of the road of cannons and barrels. The commune would derive its name from a bishop of Sens martyrisé. In his honor, the church of Saint-Savinien was built and the village developed around it. The economic activity was based mainly on the quarry exploitation of stone and the river activity of the port. But it was in the seventeenth century that the latter took on its full scope and became an inevitable rendezvous of merchant ships. In 1914, stone quarries gave way to the cultivation of mushrooms until 1930. It was at this time that Saint-Savinien established its economic boom on river fishing and became the capital of fishing in the Charente. The municipality is today more widely oriented on the tourism by putting forward its natural assets like the river and the old stones.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude45.8833311 (N 45° 52’ 60”)
Longitude-0.6833324 (W 0° 40’ 60”)
Surface area47.00 km²
Population2528 inhabitants
Density53 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLa Rochelle (37 mi, 52 min)
Insee code17397
IntercommunalityCC Vals de Saintonge

Nearest cities & towns

Le Mung2.1 mi (9 min)
Crazannes4 mi (11 min)
Taillant4.2 mi (10 min)
Archingeay4.5 mi (10 min)
Les Nouillers4.5 mi (10 min)
Taillebourg4.7 mi (13 min)
Fenioux5.2 mi (13 min)
Grandjean5.3 mi (12 min)
Bignay5.4 mi (9 min)
Port-d'Envaux5.7 mi (14 min)
Geay5.8 mi (12 min)
Saint-Vaize5.9 mi (14 min)
Plassay6.3 mi (15 min)
Bords6.5 mi (13 min)

Things to see and do

Its historic heritage as a river city is undoubtedly exceptional. The tour begins with the church Saint-Savinien around which it all began. It now houses open-air events and concerts combining the charm of old stones with art in all its forms. From here you will have a breathtaking view of the rooftops of the city and the river. On the banks of the river are aligned the old houses of sailors and merchants. These picturesque houses bear the name of house "feet in the water" and bring a unique cachet to the river city. Classified as a historical monument, the Augustins abbey is today the place where art expresses itself in all its forms. Further on, the Protestant temple offers an undeniable architectural diversity. Framed by high cliffs, Saint-Savinien will surprise you with its troglodyte houses. Stone has always been at the center of village life. It is therefore not uncommon to cross this type of dwelling during your walks. It is along the alleys and passing under the alleys that you will arrive on the quays of the river. There, an invitation to stroll along the shores awaits you for a moment of tranquility. This will be the opportunity to discover the quai des fleurs. The river port welcomes pleasure boats.

For fun, the leisure island of La Grenouillette will fill you. You will find many recreational activities among which a miniature port with rental of model boats to confront you in races on the water, a mini-golf, games for children and tennis courts. There is also a nautical canoeing base. To go up the Charente and admire the magnificent scenery of Saint-Savinien, you have the possibility to rent a pleasure boat. Hiking and mountain biking trails are also the starting point.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

The market halls welcome you every Saturday morning from 7am to 2pm. This is an opportunity to discover local produce as well as fill your basket with different dishes such as vegetables, cheeses, meat and fish. You will also dive into the local culture, because the market is the meeting place for locals who come to shop as if to chat.

Every year, Saint-Savinien hosts the wine fair. There are no fewer than 79 stalls in the town center to delight your taste buds with wines from here and elsewhere. A convivial and festive moment not to miss.



The Charente
The Charente
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Church Saint-Savinien
Church Saint-Savinien
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Houses on the Charente
Houses on the Charente
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Tuesday 7 july
Min. 11°C - Max. 26°C
Wednesday 8 july
Min. 13°C - Max. 31°C
Thursday 9 july
Min. 16°C - Max. 31°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Drive in a vintage car in period costume
Entertainment30 € to 300 € Saintes (9.9 mi)
Treetop rope course and giant ziplines
Sports sensations10 € to 20 € Saint-Bris-des-Bois (13.4 mi)
Parachute jump above the Marennes-Oléron Basin
Sports sensations275 € Marennes-Hiers-Brouage (19.4 mi)
See the Arvert peninsula from the sky
Entertainment40 € Saint-Sulpice-de-Royan (20 mi)
Tour and tasting at Jules Gautret wine cellars
Local flavours4 € to 15 € Saint-Sulpice-de-Royan (20 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Motorcycle walk with open helmet n ° 5
Motorbike itineraryEasy1h15Saint-Jean-d'Angély (8.8 mi)
Motorcycle ride "Open helmet" n ° 1
Motorbike itineraryEasy50 minSaint-Jean-d'Angély (9 mi)
Motorcycle ride "Open helmet" n ° 2
Motorbike itineraryEasy1h10Saint-Jean-d'Angély (9.1 mi)
Motorcycle walk with open helmet n ° 4
Motorbike itineraryEasy1h35Saint-Jean-d'Angély (9.1 mi)
River side & nature side
HikeEasy1h05Saintes (9.9 mi)


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