Between Rochefort and the Ile d’Oléron, the fortified city of Brouage rises from the marshland. As an ancient port it thrived on the salt trade, which today has given way today to oyster farming. However, it is equally renowned for the fortifications ordered by Cardinal Richelieu in the 17th century; behind its girdle of ramparts, houses typical of Charente’s architectural style rub shoulders with the Halle aux Vivres (a military food store), gunpowder stores, forges and underground quays.  The Canadian stained-glass windows in the church remind us that Brouage was the birthplace of Samuel de Champlain, founder of Quebec…

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Information : Hiers-Brouage Tourist Office - Tel: +33 (0)5 46 85 19 16.

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Must-Sees and Must-Dos:

  • The tour of the ramparts
  • The Church
  • The halle aux vivres (exhibitions)
  • The guided tour of the village


By Themes:

  • By the waterside: the marchlands.
  • Castles and ramparts: the ramparts (16th C.)
  • Gastronomy: mussels and Marennes' oysters

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