Crossed by the Charente river and its numerous affluents, the Charente département offers a wide range of attractions and activities with its landscapes of hills, vineyards, lakes, prairies and woods. With towns such as Angoulême, the French capital of the comic strip, and Cognac, famous for its brandy and its Detective film festival, as well as charming villages, castles and Romanesque churches, the Gallo-Roman site of Chassenon, and rivers and lakes for water sports, there is plenty on offer for visitors.
With its 460 kilometres of coasts, its many sunshine hours, and its important historic heritage, the Charente-Maritime appeals to both the relaxation enthusiast and the adventurer. The gentle climate along with the beautiful fine sand beaches, the various activities on offer by the seaside resorts, the oyster beds of Marennes-Oléron, the Charente-Maritime islands, the towns full of architectural interest, the Romanesque churches, and the specialities make it a wonderful département to visit.
With the city of Poitiers and its prestigious monuments, Futuroscope amusement park with its futuristic atmosphere, the magnificent village of Angles-sur-l'Anglin, the medieval town of Chauvigny, remarkable Romanesque churches and fabulous murals, the département of Vienne is a top destination for those who love places of interest, art and religious architecture.