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Talmont-sur-Gironde

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Charente-Maritime

Talmont-sur-Gironde - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Charente-Maritime
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Perched on a cliff, the Romanesque art church of Sainte-Radegonde dominates the Gironde estuary. What a magnificent picture! The village of Talmont-sur-Gironde with its charming narrow streets decorated with roses is the perfect place for a stroll.

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Talmont-sur-Gironde

On a rocky promontory overlooking the Gironde is the small village of Talmont-sur-Gironde. Located in the department of Charente-Maritime, in New-Aquitaine, it takes place about fifteen kilometers from Royan and its beach, in a marshy plain.

Occupied since Antiquity, the territory of Talmont-sur-Gironde became a seigneury in the High Middle Ages. Then surrounded by ramparts, the town is an important military square, as well as a stopover point on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. However, it was not until the 18th century that it developed as a fishing and trading port.

Today labeled the most beautiful village in France, Talmont-sur-Gironde is now known for its architectural heritage and its certain charm. The houses with white facades and blue shutters bring harmony to the whole old town, as well as appreciable luminosity. Its location is also ideal for enjoying all the sights of the region, as well as the coasts overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Things to see and do

Always surrounded by ramparts, the Church of Sainte-Radegonde is one of the architectural jewels of the village of Talmont-sur-Gironde. Located on a cliff overlooking the estuary of the Gironde, it offers a breathtaking view of the surroundings. Built between the 11th and 15th centuries, it was once used as a stopover on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela and has now been classified as a Historic Monument. In the Romanesque-Saintonge style, the building also knows some elements of Gothic style on its western facade. Inside, one can notably discover a wooden Christ, or even a frigate ex-voto of the nineteenth century. Adjoining the church, a marine cemetery has also been classified as a Historic Monument. It possesses several cenotaphs, as well as tombs of the eighteenth century. In season, it is covered with hollyhocks, like the rest of the village.

Built at the end of the 19th century, the domaine de la Fond was owned by a family of cognac negotiators, the Pélisson. You can still see the building, a cylindrical tower, and a garden.

The Talmont museum was built in one of the traditional houses of the village. It is divided into several sections on the history of the church and the village, paleontology, and traditional fishing techniques. You can admire collections of fossils, pottery, photos, models or objects of everyday life. A yole, a traditional maritime boat for the fishermen of the Gironde estuary, is also in the yard of the building.

Walking through this ancient bastide that has retained its original design designed by Edouard I of Aquitaine, visitors can admire traditional white and blue houses rebuilt in the 18th century, and enjoy the view of the Gironde.

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Events and festivities

A traditional market is held every Sunday morning from April to the end of September.

For the Thursday of the Ascension, place to the day of the wind with animations of kites, a garden of the wind, or even workshops for the children.

The annual festival of Talmont-sur-Gironde is held annually around the 15th of August. There are fireworks, torchlight retreats, children's games, a fanfare or a giant picnic.

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In the streets of Talmont
In the streets of Talmont
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A walk in the streets of Talmont
A walk in the streets of Talmont
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Talmont
Talmont
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Seaview
Seaview
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A dog ride
A dog ride
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! Talmont church
! Talmont church
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The charm of Talmont
The charm of Talmont
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Under the spell of the tour
Under the spell of the tour
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A different view of the Church of Talmont
A different view of the Church of Talmont
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Church of Talmont (© Jean Espirat)
Church of Talmont (© Jean Espirat)
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