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Mortagne sur Gironde - a colourful river port

If you are looking for a truly picturesque location, there are few to match the river port town of Mortagne sur Gironde in the Charente-Maritime department of western France. Set close to the Gironde Estuary with excellent beaches and resort towns, this little market town glories in its colourful port, its streets and houses, a lively atmosphere and an enviable sunshine record that rivals that of the Riviera.

Vibrant town in a perfect setting

Small, but essentially vibrant of spirit, Mortagne sur Gironde offers plenty of things to enjoy, whether you are looking for a perfect setting for a dream holiday, or going that step further and seeking a perfect location for that dream home in the sun. What could be better than waking up each morning to look out upon a bustling port, with the boats coming and going, bringing fresh fish and seafood from the nearby Atlantic Ocean, and later, dining on the same seafood in the sun at one of the many excellent restaurants the town possesses?

Enjoy the markets in fabulous weather

Or ambling down to the traditional style street market, held twice every week, browsing the stalls to find the best of the local produce? Although this is the west and not the south of France, the chances are that the weather will be fabulous too, as the Charente-Maritime benefits from a micro climate that brings it almost as much sunshine as the French Riviera, and you don't have to travel as far from the UK to find it here! Activities to enjoy in Mortagne include boating and boat trips along the river to the estuary, Cognac and Pineau tastings, walking, cycling, tennis and horse-riding.

Visit beaches and holiday resorts

The nearest beaches are found between the towns of Meschers sur Gironde and St Georges de Didonne, just fifteen minutes distant. However, if you want to travel just a little further there are many wonderful places to visit. Family days out from Mortagne could include a trip to the lively holiday resort of Royan, with its fantastic seaside activities such as sand yachting, paragliding, surfing and sailing.

Learn all about Cognac, and taste it too!

Or you could spend a day in the historic regional capital of Saintes, or perhaps touring the famous Cognac estates, learning about the process that brings to life this most respected of brandies and tasting the product at the end! Bordeaux, with its vineyards and world class wine estates is also near enough to include in your itinerary, and is also a wonderfully cosmopolitan city, superb for shopping, dining and sight seeing.

How to get there

The airports of La Rochelle and Bordeaux are close enough to make access by air quite straightforward, and are served by budget airlines including Ryanair, easyJet and Flybe, helping to keep costs minimal too. There is a train station at Royan should you prefer train travel, although a car is recommended for the rest of the journey and also for making the most of the area. Drivers from the UK should take either the A10 auto route before finding the town on the D6/D145.

Property prices and availability in and around Mortagne sur Gironde

The region is popular for obvious reasons, so property is rarely among the cheapest in the country. However, prices tend to be lower in the Charente-Maritime than to the south in the Gironde department, and there are still reasonably priced properties around if you look. Mortagne sur Gironde is so picturesque and well situated that gites, bed and breakfast properties and related tourist industry properties are a good investment.

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Mortagne sur Gironde AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Mortagne sur Gironde?

Mortagne sur Gironde is located in the west of France. It lies in the south-west of the Charente-Maritime department.

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IN THE REGION OF POITOU-CHARENTES

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CHARENTE-MARITIME

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Population: 1,022


Access: By air: Fly to La Rochelle or Bordeaux. By rail: You can travel by rail to Royan, close to Mortagne sur Gironde. By road: The town is located from the A10 auto route, and is found on the D145 and D6 roads.


Economy: The economy is concerned with tourism, with the port and weekly market also important to the town.


Interesting fact: Mortagne sur Gironde Port was once an important embarkation place for pilgrims.

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