The historic port town of La Rochelle
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Hit the beach! There are more than 100 to choose from
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Futuroscope: the amazing theme park with 4D thrills, 3D films and more...
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Ile de re bridge
Sunset over the bridge to the lovely island of Ile de Ré
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Marais Poitevin
Marais Poitevin
Marais Poitevin - our 'Green Venice'
Marais Poitevin
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Relax at the luxurious Le Clos Saint Martin hotel with its Clarins spa
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Roche Courbon
The elegant Château de la Roche Courbon
Roche Courbon
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Golden sunflowers in the beautiful countryside

Poitou-Charentes…welcome to our region

Sandy beaches, historic towns, pretty villages, golden sunflower fields and elegant châteaux… But the Poitou-Charentes is not just beautiful, it’s also full of things to see and do – cycling, riding, water sports, fishing, festivals, markets, fun parks and animal parks and more…

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Soft sandy beaches fringed by pine trees or beside buzzy cafes and shops; crashing waves for surfing or gently lapping for children to paddle in…the Poitou-Charentes has more than 100 beautiful beaches to choose from… Read more...

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La Rochelle…

… discover this beautiful and atmospheric port town but also the fascinating coastal towns of  Rochefort & Royan. Inland visit Poitiers, Cognac & Angoulême. Plus seven official Most Beautiful Villages. Read more...

Marais Poitevin

Marais Poitevin

Called Green Venice, this beautiful area of waterways, man-made canals, meadows and fens  teems with wildlife. Perfect for a relaxing holiday, weekend or even just day out. Hire a boat to make the most of the experience.

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Island idyll

The ‘French Hamptons’, Île-de-Ré is the place for island chic but don’t forget Île d’Oléron that’s also great for beaches, water sports, cycling and eating out. And then there’s tiny Île d’Aix.

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The Top 50 attractions

There’s Futuroscope of course – but also world-leading animal parks and zoos, a fun water park,  cognac tours, historic sites, nature reserves,  museums…

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Family friendly

The Poitou-Charentes is perfect for family holidays – child-friendly beaches with supervised games, animal parks of sharks, birds, monkeys and tigers, great theme parks, tree-top walks, safe paths for cycling and riding, miniature boats to sail,  a train that runs on chip fat oil and more…

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Great days out!

We’ve got 26 great ideas for you – complete with itineraries!  Whether you’re after some time by the beach, in the lovely countryside or lively town, in the mood for animal fun or taking in some history, or perhaps walking, cycling or taking to the water – there’s something for everyone.
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Food and drink, cognac

Food & drink

Take a cognac tour, visit a domaine and try a pineau tasting. Then tuck into the freshest seafood, delicious Île-de-Ré potatoes, goats cheese & the black chicken of Barbezieux…
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Golf courses

Beautiful scenery, wonderful courses and plenty to eat and drink – yes, Poitou-Charentes really is a perfect destination for golfing holidays. There are just so many courses to choose from..

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