Nature-friendly gateway without a car

Eco friendly trip at the estuary of the Charente river and the Naval Dockyard of Rochefort

Le projet Grand Site de France Estuaire de la Charente, Arsenal de Rochefort

Who does not want to relax in nature, to escape to the heart of exceptional landscapes, without needing a car ?

“Nature getaway without a car” is a project that shows that it is easy to explore and discover the many facets of our unique territory, with serenity and without a car.

On foot, by bike, or even by boat... experience the Land of Fort Boyard with beautiful getaways tested out for you by Pierre, an avid eco traveler, that shares his experience of visiting Rochefort Ocean without once using a car !


Leave your car and go explore the Land of Fort Boyard with Pierre

For three days, Pierre discovered on foot or by bike, what makes Rochefort Ocean unique : a maritime heritage at the heart of an area where the water merges with the earth and flat grounds that provide ideal conditions to explore the territoy by bicycle.

By following the Trails of the Naval Dockyard, he was able to discover the diversity of our coastal landscapes and the richness of our history: the great Naval Dockyard and its network of fortifications, the seaside atmosphere of the peninsula Fouras-les-Bains,the authenticity of the Aix Island and the majesty of the Transporter Bridge.

Discover Pierre's travel log below !

Plan your trip to Rochefort Ocean without car

To get around, use the R'Bus network and you can also ride around on your bicycle to explore the destination.

If you don't have a bike with you, you can rent a bike from the town's service "Les Vélos des Demoiselles". You can rent them in many places :

• The R'Bus boutique, near the train station in Rochefort

• Tourism Offices of Rochefort and Port-des-Barques

• Espace Nature on the Place Colbert in Rochefort

You can cross the river Charente thanks to the Transporter Bridge from Rochefort to Echillais and since 2016, you can also cross the river on a riverboat ! the Riveo boat, takes over to bring you to Soubise from Rochefort.

From the pier of the Corderie Royale, in Rochefort, you can take a boat that will go down the Charente river, around the Fort Boyard and then you can have a stopover of a couple of hours of Aix Island. Its perfect for a "Nature-friendly getaway without a car"!