Attractions in Poitou-Charentes

Poitou-Charentes  is part of the new region Nouvelle-Aquitaine along with Limousin and Aquitane in the southern-western part of France. The regional capital is Poitiers. Other important cities are La Rochelle, Niort, Angoulême, Châtellerault, Saintes, Rochefort and Royan.

The Poitou-Charentes region has a magnificent coastline – and is one of the finest destinations for countryside holidays, The coastal area, including the towns of La Rochelle, Rochefort and Royan, is popular for seaside tourism and also with yachtsmen; however many kilometres of the coastline are given over to oyster beds, oysters being one of the big local specialities. The region’s reputation is closely linked to cognac – the superb, refined, locally-produced spirit. Poitou-Charentes is a land of tradition, where skills are passed on from generation to generation: its inhabitants know how to wait for a good product to mature.

The climate of the Charentes is one of the mildest in France, and the coastal area of this region is the sunniest part of France outside the Mediterranean coastal areas.

See also: Cities in Poitou-Charentes

Attractions

The Château d’Oiron is located in Oiron, in the Deux-Sèvres département of western France. It has its origins rooted in the 15th century war with the English for control of France when a victorious Charles VII of France gave the domain and great forest of Oiron to Guillaume Gouffier who would become governor of Touraine

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Charroux Abbey – Abbaye Saint-Sauveur de Charroux, is a ruined monastery in Charroux, in the Vienne department of Poitou-Charentes, western France. Charroux was a Benedictine abbey, founded in 785 by Roger, Count of Limoges.

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Cognac is situated on the river Charente between the towns of Angoulême and Saintes. The majority of the town has been built on the river’s left bank, with the smaller right bank area known as the Saint Jacques district. The town is situated on one of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostella. The town is also home to the French Air Force training base 709. Cognac is 400 kilometres (250 mi) southwest of Paris.

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Angoulême Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Pierre d’Angoulême) is a religious building of Angoulême, Charente, France, an example of Romanesque architecture and sculpture in France. It is the seat of the Bishop of Angoulême.

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Aiguebelle Abbey –Abbaye Notre-Dame d’Aiguebelle, is a Trappist monastery situated in the communes of Montjoyer and Réauville in the département of Drôme, on the borders of the Dauphiné and of Provence, France.

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The Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe is located in Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, in Poitou, France. The Romanesque church was begun in the mid 11th century and contains many beautiful 11th- and 12th-century murals which are still in a remarkable state of preservation

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Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is a commune in the  Charente  department in the Poitou-Charentes region in southwestern  France. The town is situated on the Dronne river, on the South-East  border of the Charente region, close to the  Dordogne and the villages of Bonnes, Laprade and Saint-Romain

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Talmont-sur-Gironde, The village lies about 15 km (9.3 mi) south of Royan, on a small promontory which dominates the Gironde Estuary. It appears to be ‘perched’ on this rocky outcrop, in the way that it occupies every square millimetre of space. Tiny beaches can be found at the base of the fortifications, which mostly are sheer from the sea.

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The castle of La Rochefoucauld is La Rochefoucauld in Charente. It is the largest castle of Charente and a jewel of the Renaissance .
La Rochefoucauld’s family kept the tower during all periods of expansion and reconstruction of the castle as a witness to the antiquity of their house.

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The Conservatoire du Bégonia (1,000 m²) is a botanical garden specializing in begonias. It is located at 1 rue Charles Plumier, Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France, and open for guided tours several days per week in early spring and late fall

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