More About Charentes
Whether you choose a villa by the coast, perfect for enjoying water sports or an inland gite or villa in Charentes, you can be sure that your holiday accommodation will offer a picture-perfect backdrop set amidst stunning scenery during your stay whatever you choose to do. When booking cottages in Charentes, it is wise to investigate the activities and attractions on offer in the various departments of the region. There is so much to see and explore from the city of Cognac to the nearby islands of Ré, Oléron and Aix that finding the right place to stay could make going on certain excursions a lot easier. Whatever your plans, you are sure to find the right villa or cottage in Poitou Charentes to meet the needs of you, your friends, family or travelling partner as there are plenty of self catering options available throughout the region.
Charentes Villas and Cottages
The four departments that make up Poitou Charentes – namely Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres and the Vienne – each have a flavour and character of their own, which when coupled with a wide range of attractions explain why the region has become popular with people from around the world as well as with the local French. Delightful islands, seemingly endless sandy beaches and what is probably the sunniest region outside those skirting the Mediterranean – Poitou Charentes offers a truly diverse backdrop to a French holiday. And we’re here to help pick the very best areas and attractions for your break!
Things to Do in Charentes
Poitou Charentes offers fascinating, picturesque towns both inland and on the coast and we think it’s worth seeing as many of these as you can. You'll get a sense of the scale and diversity of the region. For example, the capital Poitiers offers you pleasant Romanesque architecture and a good deal of history for you to absorb, whilst Angoulême is one of France’s key paper making and printing towns and also plays host to the annual International Comics Festival (paper of course, not stand up). The town that gave the world exceptional brandy – Cognac – also offers you a selection of museums and a glassworks to enjoy. But perhaps one of the most historically rich towns is La Rochelle, which has preserved its many historic buildings extremely well, and boasts the largest pleasure boat marina in Europe – Les Minimes.
We want you to enjoy the best that Poitou-Charentes has to offer and so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do;
La Rochelle Aquarium
Considered one of the finest aquariums in Europe, La Rochelle Aquarium is likely to have younger visitors spellbound – not to mention yourself. We think you could easily spend an entire day in here. A family owned business (quite a surprise given its scale) that lets you gaze at some of the most astounding underwater creatures found on the Earth. From scowling sharks (in a mesmerising three-story tank) to gigantic, regal turtles and tiny little crabs – think of any sea creature, and this aquarium probably has it!
Another attraction that is going to be a small-person-pleaser is Futuroscope – surprisingly unknown among many foreigners but actually ranking just behind Disneyland Paris in terms of popularity. 60 hectares of futuristic buildings containing adrenaline-inducing rides and awe-inspiring 3D films that treat the senses – together with stunning landscaped gardens – have helped give the park an astounding 70% visitor return rate. We think one of the reasons they keep coming back is because there are so many attractions and rides to enjoy, you need at least two visits to try them all!
Charente-Maritime Beach Life
As much as all the theme parks, aquariums, ancient buildings and rolling green countryside will keep you happily occupied for a long time, no visit to this region is complete without enjoying some of the many, many sandy beaches found here. Whether you’re into waterskiing, jet-skiing, taking a boat trip or simply lying in the soft sand under the French sunshine – we think you’ll love these beaches. More relaxed and laid-back than the French Riviera, but with comparably sunny summers, this coast is a real treat. Make sure you pack your bucket and spade before you set off!
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