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Guide of Poitou-Charentes

Tourism, holidays & weekends in Poitou-Charentes

Guide of Poitou-Charentes - Tourism, holidays & weekends in Poitou-Charentes

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!

Guide of Poitou-Charentes


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.

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