For a relaxing break in the sunshine, treat your family or mates to a trip to central France and visit the gorgeous region of Poitou-Charentes. With stunning coastlines and amazing local cuisine, it’s the perfect choice if you want to experience the real France. Poitou-Charentes sits between the famous vineyards of Bordeaux and the romantic medieval skyline of the Loire Valley, and the region is packed with interesting cities and sights to please any traveller.
Things to see and do on holidays to Poitou-Charentes
A good place to start on holidays to Poitou-Charentes is the popular city of La Rochelle. It is known locally as La Ville Blanche, the ‘white city’, for its beautiful white limestone architecture. La Rochelle’s main attraction is its harbour, full of good restaurants and bars as well as plenty of cultural places to visit, such as the Maritime Museum and the Aquarium. Take a boat trip on a luxury yacht to enjoy the coast in style, or if you prefer to relax on dry land, La Rochelle is a good bet for sandy beaches.
Like many places you’ll come across on holidays to Poitou-Charentes, La Rochelle is a fantastic example of the Gallic touch when it comes to food and drink. Seafood is a particular favourite, with all the restaurants lining the harbour boasting specialities and the catch of the day. As for other culinary trademarks of Poitou-Charentes, the famous Macaroons from Montmorillon are readily available in the region’s charming capital, Poitiers. As well as the delicious sweet treats, make sure to allow some time for sightseeing if you visit the capital. The Romanesque Church of Notre Dame is particularly worth a visit, as is the Baptistery of St John – one of the oldest churches in Europe.
Poitiers is also a popular place for a little light entertainment, being home to the France’s beloved Futuroscope theme park, which makes for a fantastic day out for kids and grown-ups alike. If you fancy getting out in that fresh countryside air, Charente has some beautiful landscapes that are perfect for hiking and biking. This being France, you’ll find some idyllic local vineyards to visit, or else take a peaceful trip down the River Charente.
Enjoy fine food and fresh air for a truly French experience
The region of Poitou-Charentes is bursting with great places to visit and great wine to be tasted. Whether you’ll be travelling around to visit all the unique towns and cities or having a chilled break in La Rochelle, holidays to Poitou-Charentes are perfect for escaping it all and enjoying the simple life. Grab an affordable France deal from lastminute.com and you could be living the French dream this summer.