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Beach at Aytré
Beach at Aytré
Coat of arms of Aytré
Coat of arms
Aytré is located in France
Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes
Department Charente-Maritime
Arrondissement La Rochelle
Canton Aytré
Intercommunality La Rochelle
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Suzanne Tallard
Area1 12.22 km2 (4.72 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 8,820
 • Density 720/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 17028 / 17440
Elevation 1–21 m (3.3–68.9 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Aytré is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in the Poitou-Charentes region in southwestern France.

Aytré is especially known for its long beach, which is easily accessible from neighbouring La Rochelle, or Les Minimes. The beach is flat and shallow, making it a good bathing spot for children, and an excellent spot for windsurfing.


Industries are few, and economic activity mainly gravitates around La Rochelle, with the distinct exception of Alstom Transportation. The worlds fastest train, TGV, was designed right in Aytre. Oysters are cultivated in the bay and important camping grounds have been developed for tourists during the summer period.


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