The Atlantic Coast:

If you want a complete change from countryside pursuits, and fancy a day out at the seaside, the departement of Charente Maritime lies between Villiers le Roux and the sea, and Rochefort, La Rochelle, the white sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast and the irresistable Ile d'Oleron and Ile de Ré are only approximately 1hr 30 – 1hr 45 drive west.