The Côte sauvage refers to a portion of the French coastline forming the western part of the Arvert peninsula, in the department of Charente-Maritime, in the New Aquitaine region. A large rectilinear stretch between the Pointe Espagnole (to the north) and the Pointe de la Coubre (to the south), entirely within the perimeter of the municipality of La Tremblade, it can be seen as an extension of the Landes coast beyond the Gironde estuary.
Forming a vast beach about twenty kilometres long, it is bordered by dune massifs, themselves partly fixed by the state forest of La Coubre, a pine forest corresponding to the state forest of Pointe de Grave.
Facing due west, unlike the sheltered beaches of the nearby Côte de Beauté, it is subject to strong currents (bay phenomena) and swells, making it the most dangerous sector of the entire Charente coastline1. Most of this vast area is not recommended for swimming, except for three supervised zones (in July-August) at the Pointe de la Coubre, the Bouverie and the Pointe Espagnole. A surfing spot (La Palmyre/La Coubre) is set up near the Pointe de la Coubre: like all those on the wild coast, it is ranked among the most dangerous spots in France by the magazine Surf Session2.
The Côte sauvage is located in the south-western part of the department of Charente-Maritime, about 70 kilometres south of La Rochelle, 40 kilometres west of Saintes and 15 kilometres north-west of Royan.
With the exception of a fringe of a few metres belonging to the commune of Les Mathes, it depends entirely on the commune of La Tremblade. No locality directly borders this stretch of coastline: the closest are La Palmyre (to the south) and Ronce-les-Bains (to the north), respectively dependencies of the communes of Les Mathes and La Tremblade.