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Citadel of Brouage offers a picturesque destination. Rent electric bikes at the camping reception and travel the 10 km distance from one of most beautiful villages of France!
This authentic village was able to preserve its charm, for which it’s inscribed on the list of “ Plus Beaux Villages de France “ since 2017.
Port City for Salt Trade in 1555, Jacopolis became Brouage when Henri III made it a royal city in 1578. The city reached its economic height under the governance of the Cardinal de Richelieu, who had the best engineers in France to build the ramparts.
The salt exploitation of Brouage took an international dimension. The port became one of the most important in Europe for salt and made a whole people live (salt worker, bargemen, fisherman, etc.) Its activity discontinues at the end of the 17th century.
The sea has retreated, but the Citadel has succeeded its conversion. With ramparts more than two kilometers long, its oyster port, its shops of creators and craftsmen and its many buildings laden with history converted into exhibits. it maintains an ideal boardwalk destination for the whole family.
This authentic village has kept its character. Since 2017 it is inscribed on the list of the most beautiful villages of France.
As the road is grassy and flat, it is easy to walk on the walls surrounding the acropolis. If you don’t want to walk around the city-state, there is possibilities to go back to the fortified site in several places. The walk on the ramparts is free for the whole family and if you want to play the explorers, a booklet games is available on brouage-circuit-champlain.fr. For the complete afternoon, the treasure hunt of Terra Aventura « the stone star » will also let you discover the Brouage secrets: https://www.terra-aventura.fr/parcours_pdf/202.
Guided and theatricalized tours are also offered by the tourist office to learn more about of this Citadel, and a tourist mini-train welcomes visitors on a commented tour.
For these services it is advisable to book in advance at the reception of the campsite: 05 33 06 03 94.
The Unmissable of Brouage
• Hall in foods, currently place of exhibition, it did build in 1631 to preserve food, wine and cereals.
• The church of Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, with the monument in memory of Samuel Champlain (born in Brouage, founder of Quebec City in 1608).
• The cooler was a reserve of ice to preserve preparations made by apothecaries or as anesthetic. It also allowed guests of the Governor’s Palace to enjoy delicious sorbets.
• Brouage ramparts over 2 kms long and 11m high on average.
• The Bike Museum to discover a unique exhibition in France that traces the history of cycling.
• Ancient salt marshes which houses a very diverse ornithological fauna.
If you are looking for camping near Brouage, contact l’Abri-Côtier at 05 33 06 03 94.