Located in the west of the country, this area is said to be the sunniest place in France away from the Mediterranean. Long balmy summers make hiring villas in Poitou-Charentes a particularly popular choice with holidaymakers of all ages. Whether you are a couple looking for a romantic getaway, a family longing for the spacious beaches of the Atlantic Coast or even a group of friends wanting to soak up some of the famous French culture, there’s something to suit everyone in Poitou-Charentes.
If countryside walks are your thing, you’ll find that here. If beach holidays are more your cup of tea, you’ll find that here too. If you have a fondness for old churches, medieval castles, ancient forts and sleepy rural villages then again, you’re in luck. In fact, it’s difficult to see what this region doesn’t have to offer which is why it’s no wonder that so many choose to book villas in Poitou-Charentes year upon year.
Split into four separate departments with the vibrant city of Poitiers being the capital, the region is a superb blend of gorgeous sun-kissed coastline and gentle rolling countryside. Seaside towns tantalise the senses with the allure of delicious ice cream, the fresh sea breeze on your face and the sound of seagulls echoing down the narrow cobbled streets. Quaint rural villages relax you and steal you away from thoughts of life back home as the surrounding farmland and vineyards bake in the glorious sunshine.
There are plenty of interesting places to visit for those hiring holiday villas in Poitou-Charentes, ‘Green Venice’ being one of them. Officially named the Marais Poitevin, this vast area of coastal flats is an absolute maze of tranquil waterways and woodland, and it’s ideal for nature lovers. Whether you enjoy boating, kayaking, walking, cycling or angling, you can do it all here in these exceptionally stunning surroundings.
Families staying in villas in Poitou-Charentes may be interested in visiting the exciting Futuroscope, a thrilling futuristic theme park located near the city of Poitiers. There is also a fabulous zoo in the seaside town of Royan and a magnificent aquarium in La Rochelle. For something a little more sophisticated, take a trip to the medieval town of Cognac where the world’s best known brandy is made. Wander around its charming streets, take a tour of the distillery and sample the sweet taste of its most famous product - of course not forgetting to take a few bottles home as souvenirs!
If you love to indulge in history and architecture then you should definitely stay in a villa in Poitou-Charentes. Poitiers has a number of particularly attractive old buildings and is recognised for its numerous ancient churches which are well worth taking a look at. La Rochelle is even more historical and much time can be whiled away exploring the medieval fortifications that dominate this ancient port. But perhaps the real gem of Poitou-Charentes is the town of Chauvigny, home to not one, but five castles which are all located within the medieval quarter beside the picturesque River Vienne.