Royan Tourism in Charente-Maritime area

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Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, between Rochefort and the island of Oleron, Brouage is a former stronghold of the VXth century, famous for its ramparts and watchtowers. A star of stone in the heart of the marsh, Brouage reveals its history through its military buildings, its fortifications and its shellfish port.

Founded in 1555 by Jacques de Pons, for the salt trading, Brouage quickly became one of the great ports of the Atlantic coast. Then, on the orders of Richelieu, Pierre d'Argencourt builds the fortifications and Brouage is transformed into a military stronghold deemed impregnable.

Little by little, the channel was silted up, the ocean retreated and the arm of the sea where the boats were anchored disappeared ... Brouage fell asleep, forgotten by the sea, in the heart of the marshes.

Hometown of Samuel de Champlain, navigator and royal cartographer who founded the city of Quebec in 1608, Brouage offers visitors admirable monuments that suggest a rich past.