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Our family hotel in Saint-Palais-sur-Mer is ideally located in Charente-Maritime. Many outdoor activities, cultural visits and must-see cities will be within a short drive. Our team knows the region perfectly and will be able to advise you on places to visit or activities to do in the surrounding area. Golf enthusiasts can meet on the green at Royan and Palmyre golf courses. A cycle path passes in front of our hotel and bicycles can be rented within 200 meters of the property. An equestrian center, tree climbing courses and nautical activities may also be on the program. For relaxation and swimming, a beach is 50 meters from the Hotel Villa Cordouan, moreover, the Grande Conche Beach and the Platin Beach are nearby.

Cordouan Lighthouse

From our charming hotel in Saint-Palais-sur-Mer, you will see the Cordouan Lighthouse, the royal lighthouse, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 2021. Discover 400 years of history when visiting this lighthouse emblematic, located at the mouth of the Gironde estuary. Even today, the Cordouan Lighthouse serves as a landmark for sailors navigating in the estuary. The Cordouan Lighthouse is the last lighthouse in the Côtes Françaises inhabited year round by caretakers. During your visit, you will be able to meet the keepers and discuss the history of this lighthouse with them.

The Palmyre Zoo

Located less than 7 kilometers from our family hotel, meet at the Zoo de la Palmyre. Nestled in an 18 hectare forest, the Zoo de la Palmyre is a must in Charente-Maritime. You will be able to see more than 1,600 mammals, birds and reptiles representing 110 species. The Palmyre Zoo is part of several conservation programs.


7 kilometers from the Hotel Villa Cordouan, discover the city of Royan. You can visit the Notre-Dame de Royan church, the Pontaillac district, the convention center and the central market where you will taste the good and beautiful products of the region. For an experience that is out of the ordinary, visit the Planet Exotica Zoo. You will discover an exotic universe and wild animals.

La Tremblade

The seaside town of La Tremblade is 18 kilometers from the hotel. Many nautical activities can be on the program of your days at La Tremblade. For more cultural visits, we invite you to discover the Coubre Lighthouse or take the Seagull Train. All year round, go to the daily La Tremblade market.


22 kilometers from our boutique hotel, meet in an authentic seaside resort, Ronce-les-Bains. Stroll on the tourist routes of Ronce-les-Bains, take a cycle path or the path of a hike shaded by pines. Superb surf spots can be found in Ronce-les-Bains.


The Marennes-Oléron basin is the leading European oyster farming center. Nearly 2,000 operators perpetuate know-how and the production of exceptional products. From Marennes-Oléron, you can explore the port of La Cayenne and the Cité de l'Huître. Meet at the port of Bourcefranc-le-Chapus, from where you can reach the famous Fort Louvois.


Formerly the Atlantic Ocean bordered the village of Brouage. This superb fortified city is classified among the “Most Beautiful Villages of France”. Nestled against a marsh, discover this village and its wonders: the Bicycle Museum, the Royal Forge, the Halle aux Vivres, the Poudrière Saint-Luc, the city walls and the Saint-Pierre de Brouage church.


Less than 50 kilometers from our cozy hotel in Saint-Palais-sur-Mer, visit the city of Rochefort. The sea air will accompany your visit to the city. We advise you to discover the very last Transbordeur Bridge in France, the home port of Hermione and the Corderie Royale. From Rochefort, you can embark on a short cruise and discover Fort Boyard and Fort Liédot.

The island of Oléron

Our hotel is located 51 kilometers from the center of the Ile d'Oléron. By bike, on foot or by car, discover the must-sees of the island: Saint-Trojan-les-Bains, Dolus-d'Oléron, the Marais aux Oiseaux, the Port des Salines, Saint-Georges-d'Oléron, the citadel of the Castle, the port of Cotinière, the point of Chassiron and the beaches.

La Rochelle

Located 82 kilometers from Villa Cordouan, visit La Rochelle. We advise you to discover the Old Port, the towers of La Rochelle, the old town, the Saint-Louis Cathedral, the Halles de La Rochelle, the Aquarium, the Charruyer park, the maritime museum, the natural history museum and the New World Museum.


Make a wine tourism stopover in the Médoc. Wine enthusiasts will be able to take one of the region's many wine routes, participate in tastings and chat with passionate winegrowers. The Médoc has more than 60 classified Grands Crus.