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The  Poitou-Charente Area

The Poitou-Charente area is in the SOUTH West of France, known now as NOUVELLE AQUITAINE.   It comprises four departmentsCharenteCharente-MaritimeDeux-Sèvres.


Main Towns: The regional capital is Poitiers. Other important cities are :

La RochelleNiortAngoulêmeChâtelleraultSaintesRochefort and Royan


The key features of the Poitou-Charente area, the second warmest climate in France, and the coastal area of this region is the sunniest part of France outside the Mediterranean coastal areas.  It is a favourite destination to combine relaxation in a natural countryside setting.  Discover the Romanesque buildings and pleasure of eco-friendly sports.


To gain an insight about the region, what to do and see whilst over here, plan your trips by visiting this link: http://about-france.com/regions/poitou-charente.htm



Please visit these links for local outings: Civray, Vienne Region in the Poitou-Charente.

The most popular attractions are between 5 minutes and 45 min except for la Rochelle 90 min.


Brochures for most of the sites are available in the Gite to peruse at your leisure.


I will be delighted to provide you with more information to places worth a visit whilst staying here.




View short Video  Web links for more information
 Video the Futuroscope amusement Park (the second attraction in all of France) in Poitiers 50 min from Gite
Video  Enjoy a view of the Charente river, cycling or joining a kayak trip


Video the Valée des Singes - 5 min only from the Gîte, the open-air monkey park where 350 primates live freely there from the gorillas to the smallest monkeys. See Info Pack for best time to visit.


Video the Planète des Crocodiles with some 200 crocodiles from around the world in their natural habitat   



Discover rural France in the early 1900's in the Vieux Cormenier Museum with special effects

-Discover the history of this rural family  -5 min from the Gite.


Video Chauvigny - Medieval town with 5 fortified castles. View here Birds of prey open show 55 min from Gite


Cognac Cognac this link gives you an overview of the history. famous town for its distilled wine grown in this area, along the Charente river.

Follow the Cognac Trail to learn more - For things to do click Here


La Rochelle La Rochelle, fortified town on the sea side. For text on English, on the page click the top Tab : Discover the city, historical or gastronomic tours  see here Guided Tours