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Stunning views, sandy beaches, historic châteaux, vibrant cities - however long you plan to stay in the region there is plenty for you, your family and visiting friends to do. Recently recognised by Lonely Planet as one of the Top Ten Regions of the world to visit, it's easy to see why and we show you how to make the most of your time here...

Welcome to the Future at Futuroscope

Welcome to the Future at Futuroscope

Futuroscope celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2012. But what exactly is it? You'll never know until you go as Roger Moss explains...

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L’esprit du décor - Meubles Graham Barry

L’esprit du décor - Meubles Graham Barry

Meubles Graham Barry, located on the Charente and Charente Maritime border, are celebrating 10 years of supplying furniture, making this a perfect opportunity to visit them in their astonishing showroom and discover the secrets behind their success

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Romanesque Reflections - the amazing churches of the region

Romanesque Reflections - the amazing churches of the region

Without doubt, one of the delights of the region are the Romanesque churches that decorate even the smallest village. The thrill of turning a street corner and seeing artistry that dates back hundreds of years can stop you in your tracks and make you wonder at the history behind these gems. Martin Cole explains how for him and his wife Maggie, this wonder turned into a journey of discovery ...

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Stress-free in Saujon

Stress-free in Saujon

Far enough from Royan to be unaffected by the summer surge of tourists, the little spa town of Saujon in the Charente-Maritime is blessed with tranquility. Yet under its peaceful air there is an agreeable buzz of activity, even in the middle of winter…

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Sparkling Surprises - Charlemagne Caves

Sparkling Surprises - Charlemagne Caves

Even if you are familiar with Angoulême you may be forgiven for not having passed Les Caves Charlemagne – tucked at the end of a quiet impasse, the cellars are hewn into the overhanging limestone cliff and hidden from view. But enter the white gates and you will find a bustling business where little has changed since it was created in 1921...

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Cycling for oysters

Cycling for oysters

Come the festive season the oyster becomes a prized specimen, an intrinsic part of any Christmas or New Year feast. But despite living in France for many years Helen Millar had never eaten one – until she spent a day in the Marennes...

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Festive fancies at La Demeure des Roses

Festive fancies at La Demeure des Roses

What was once a rather drab post office has been transformed into a must-visit boutique filled with beautiful things. And as Sandie George discovers, it’s all down to the vision of one woman…  

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In fine spirits

In fine spirits

The big-name cognac houses may grab all the headlines but the region is full of small producers making excellent and unusual cognacs. Teresa Hardy reports on the three-month festival that celebrates them... 

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Get away... Shop with a stopover for city buzz in Poitiers

Get away... Shop with a stopover for city buzz in Poitiers

When you feel a need to get away from it all, or simply feel like a change of scenery, there are plenty of options even in winter. Take a trip to Poitiers out-of-season to recharge your batteries... 

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Ambre Concept: a hidden jewel

Ambre Concept: a hidden jewel

Why not give yourself a pleasurable treat with a visit to Ambre? You’ll love savouring the original delights of this enchanting concept store situated in the centre of Cognac’s pedestrian zone. We visited in the run up to Christmas...

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