Charente-Maritime is surrounded by the departments of Gironde, Dordogne, Charente, Deux-Sèvres, and Vendée.
The department includes the islands of Ile de Ré, Ile d’Aix, and Ile d’Oléron.
The important rivers are the Charente, the Sèvre, the Seudre, the Boutonne, the Seugne, the Gironde, and the Garonne.
The climate is mild and sunny, with less than 900 mm of precipitation per year. Average temperatures vary from 20°C in summer to 5°C in winter.
Attractions in Charente-Maritime
Popular destinations incude, La Rochelle, Rochefort, and Ile d’Oléron.
The department is served by the TGV at Surgères and La Rochelle. It can also be reached by road by the A10 and A837.