Talmont-sur-Gironde, a superb medieval citadel that cannot be ignored

Third tourist site in the department after the aquarium of La Rochelle and the zoo of La Palmyre in Ryan, perched on a rocky promontory overlooking the Gironde estuary, Talmont-sur-Gironde has kept today its original plan of bastide, built in 1284 by the King of England, Edward I of Aquitaine.

This citadel, "Ville Close" of the Middle Ages, houses some remains, the most visible and best preserved of which are those of the White Tower, a name given in memory of the "White Tower", the famous Tower of London.

Talmont welcomes many craftsmen, artists, painters, potters, stylists...

But Talmont's first attraction is the Sainte-Radegonde church, a magnificent Romanesque church built in the 12th century by the Benedictine monks of Saint-Jean d'Angely Abbey. This church, which dominates the Gironde estuary, has lost two nave spans due to erosion.

The restorations of the 20th century have changed its silhouette. Its cemetery, a marine par excellence, adjoins its surroundings. You can discover curious cenotaphs, a kind of monolithic headstone on feet, very fashionable in the 19th century.

Finally, the municipality offers a Museum of Talmont and Fishing Treasures that traces Talmont's history and in particular its fishing activity.


Today, the village of 107 inhabitants, classified as one of the "most beautiful villages in France" and subject to tidal erosion, is in danger of collapsing in the Ocean...



Talmont-sur-Gironde Tourist Office

Rue de l'Eglise,

17120 Talmont-sur-Gironde

Tel: 05 46 90 16 25 25





Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator


To go further....

Talmont le chant précaire

Deux amis découvrent en dialoguant le village et l'église de Talmont sur Gironde. Ils vont revenir sur le site plusieurs fois, à différentes saisons, pour s'imprégner au mieux de sa magie et en dévoiler toutes les facettes. A travers ce double regard et une écriture en symbiose avec les nombreuses photos, le livre propose une approche contemporaine et détaillée de ce patrimoine singulier qu'est Talmont. Et au-delà, en ce temps de tourisme de masse, il interroge notre comportement et tresse des échos avec d'autres patrimoines du monde.

Also to be seen in the department

The "Les trésors de Lisette" Museum, back in 1900

placeArchingeay – Charente-maritime 
label Museums & Collections Amazing... isn't it?  
Pierre Loti

Pierre Loti, écrivain, académicien et grand voyageur

placeNiort – Charente-maritime 
label People from here  
Le Musée napoléonien

The Napoleonic Museum, in memory of the Emperor

placeL'Ile d'Aix - Charente Maritime 
label Museums & Collections  
Le Musée de l’échevinage

The Aldermanic Museum, museum of Fine Arts

placeSaintes – Charente-Maritime 
label Museums & Collections  

Discover the regions of the Great South