I was told before I arrived in Charente Maritime that Blaye was a fantastic place to visit. I was slightly sceptical as the information was provided by a history teacher! I should have known better as she was a history teacher who enjoyed wine and the finer things in life!
Blaye was wonderful. A vivacious market with meat, vegetables, plants, clothes etc. The market was nestled below the citadel which was easily accessed with free entry. It is worth a stroll through this charming fortress which is littered with cafes and arts and craft shops offering unique gifts. You can enjoy the vast splendid views over the estuary or you may be lucky enough to come across a street theatre or musical performers.