Visit Poitou-Charentes, the Atlantic Coast & Cognac Country
From the to the
Cognac Cave, from the Atlantic coast to the Futuroscope, from the old Port of
Rochelle to Royan, Poitou-Charentes offers a variety of heritage France travel and tourism destinations
ideal for tailor-made France
vacation tour packages.
Just like a postcard
Following in Gargantua’s
footsteps, you may encounter the otters, eels, herons and wading birds that
inhabit the Charente-Maritime marshes of this France tourism and travel site. The Marais
Poitevin (Poitevin Marsh) is listed as a Grand site de France (a Notable Site
in France), and the area known as Green Venice at Aiguillon Bay can be explored
on the canals aboard a “plate” or a batais (a traditional black flat boat). Or
instead, try one of the pathways and cycle paths that crisscross the marsh.
It’s possible to cycle to the
beaches on both heritage France
vacation spots tIle Ile d’Oléron and Ile de Ré. The coastline, with its
secured and fortified capital
cities in France endowed with such rich architecture, inevitably draws
history enthusiasts. The towers of famous French city La Rochelle make for picture-postcard scenes.
Not forgetting France vacation packages tour
to Poitiers (the city of 100 steeples) with its baptistery from the fourth
century, Rochefort (a spa town) with a royal rope factory,
Niort with its unique twin
dungeons, Royan with its seaside villas and the religious heritage in France church of Notre Dame
(symbolic of post-war architecture).
Jewels of Romanesque Art
Poitou-Charentes, on route of
Santiago de Compostela, is a France
travel vacation haven for Roman art treasures and the religious heritage sites in France: Travel to the Abbey of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, the Abbey of the Dames of Saints, the Abbey of Fontdouce and the Notre-Dame-la-Grande Church, and the Saint-Pierre
The Atlantic Ocean supplies the France vacation packages travel
destination of Poitou-Charentes with seafood, including shellfish, crustaceans,
and the famous Marennes-Oléron oysters and mussels raised in bouchot. Gourmands
can feast on Poitevin stuffed lamb, melon from Haut Poitou, mojette (white
beans) or potatoes from Ile de Ré with local Poitou-Charentes butter. And be
sure to sample the local cheeses: the Poitou chabichou, the tourteau fromagé (a
traditional cheese cake), the Poitevin broyé (another traditional pastry), the
Charentaise Galette, and the Niort Galette flavored with angelica.
There is no shortage of
traditional regional drinks to accompany these delicacies in the France tourism travel
site of Poitou-Charente. Try the pineau from Charentes, cognac (produced at the
second AOC vineyard in France) and the wines from Haut Poitou.
Festivities in Poitou-Charente
The Festival of Roman Nights highlights the exceptional local heritage. The streets and port of La Rochelle also come alive with The International Festival of Film and the Francofolies. Angoulême opts for the 9th art with its International City of Comics and Animation and the International Festival of Comics. The Grand Pavois and the International Sailing Week reaffirm the ties that bind Poitou-Charentes to the ocean, epitomized by the Chantier of Hermione and the Phare des Baleines (The Whale Lighthouse). The Museum of the Bougon Burial Mounds, the Museum of Donjons, Castle Oiron and Castle Rochefoucauld recount the history of Poitou-Charentes. The Château des énigmes (Enigmas Castle) is no exception but it's another story you will be told!
Poitou-Charentes certainly has many surprises in store. Enjoy adventures at the Futuroscope. Laugh at the antics of the residents at The Valley of the Monkeys or the La Palmyre Zoo. And admire the silent balletic dance of the fish in the Rochelle Aquarium.
Poitou-Charentes is a multifaceted destination with something for everyone.