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.
The peaceful and verdant Poitevin Marsh, ideal for a relaxing boat trip; the bucolic valleys of the Sèvre Niortaise and Thouet, popular with fans of fishing and rural getaways; the vast cultivated plains and the hedged farmland of Gâtine – there are so many varied landscapes to see in Deux-Sèvres... When it comes to built heritage and gems of Romanesque architecture, its cities of Art and History and small character towns will delight lovers of old buildings.