Full of historic monuments and other religious buildings, the Poitou-Charentes region is a choice destination for lovers of architecture and old buildings. The gems of Romanesque art, such as Aulnay-de-Saintonge Church, the Melle Triad and Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe Abbey Church, the Cities of Art and History of Poitiers, Rochefort, Saintes, Thouars and Cognac, the castles of La Roche-Courbon and La Rochefoucauld, the beautiful villages of Angles-sur-l'Anglin, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne and Talmont-sur-Gironde, the historical centre of La Rochelle, the medieval city of Chauvigny and the coastal fortifications have plenty to appeal to architecture enthusiasts.
As well as these heritage gems, there are many natural beauty spots that are ideal for relaxation, rest and recuperation. The verdant Poitevin Marsh, a great place for boat trips, the famous Bay of Marennes-Oléron, known for its oysters, the beautiful Charentaise coast dotted with sandy beaches and pleasant seaside resorts, and the bucolic valleys of the Sèvre Niortaise and Thouet rivers, much-loved by fishing fans, as well as the peaceful islands of Ré and Oléron, will undoubtedly delight lovers of sightseeing and relaxation. Children and grown-ups alike will also love such famous attractions as the Futuroscope theme park, the Zoodyssée in Villiers-en-Bois, the Vallée des Singes primate park and La Palmyre Zoo!