With a wealth of historical monuments, the Poitou-Charente region is particularly rich in Romanesque buildings. The cities of Art and History, the gems of Romanesque art, and the coastal fortifications will delight architecture fans. Beautiful built heritage, the Charentais coast lined with sandy beaches and pleasant seaside resorts, and also the famous festivals, the maritime traditions and the gastronomic pleasures make Poitou-Charentes a favourite destination for all those wishing to combine relaxation and discovery.
The Charente is home to the Cognac vineyards and the city of Angoulême, renowned for its international comic strip festival, but also to the Château of La Rochefoucauld, the lakes in upper Charente propitious to sports and leisure activities, the Charente valley, and the Aubeterre-sur-Dronne monolithic church.
Famous for its oyster beds, the Charente-Maritime caters for every need, with the seaside resorts and the sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast, the charentaises islands, the Saintonge Romanesque churches, and the cities with a rich history.
The Poitou marshes and its green Venice, with its canals offering trips in traditional boats, the Celles-sur-Belle royal abbey and the Oiron Renaissance château are among the must-see places of the Deux-Sèvres.
Vienne combines historic heritage and futurism, with the city of Poitiers and its large number of listed monuments, the Saint-Savin abbey church and its Romanesque frescoes inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and the famous Futuroscope European Image park.