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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...

Discover Jonzac

Discover Jonzac

Visit the historic capital of the Haute Saintonge in the heart of the Poitou-Charentes region....

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Casks and cannons

Casks and cannons

In September you may be lucky enough to spot an unusual sight on the roads in Charente and Charente Maritime: a series of horse-drawn carts accompanied by people wearing 18th-century costumes. Read on to find out what this is all about…

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Going back to my roots in Bassac, Charente

Going back to my roots in Bassac, Charente

Thanks to the foresight and dedication of retired French businessman and artist Roger André, the charming village of Bassac in Charente is well on the way to regaining the vitality it enjoyed in the 1950s...

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Poitou-Charentes fruit and vegetables

The soil of the Poitou-Charentes is well known for being ideal for growing many crops from grapes to sunflower. Here, Trevor Bridge tells us about the other regional specialities you don't want to miss trying to grow in your own potager...

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Visit Mornac-sur-Seudre - a jewel in Charente-Maritime

Visit Mornac-sur-Seudre - a jewel in Charente-Maritime

The medieval village of Mornac-sur-Seudre needs no second chance to make a good first impression. White painted houses, masses of hollyhocks and narrow inviting streets leading away from the impressive 14th century market place live up to their promise - you stop at almost every step towards the harbour to take in the surroundings.

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La belle brocante - seven tips for a successful day

La belle brocante - seven tips for a successful day

Every bargain hunter who has ever followed the paper trail of little orange signs directing them to a brocante will recognise it: that quickening of the pulse and that twitching of rummage-ready fingers at the first tantalising glimpse of stalls laden to the gunnels with…what? Heaps of useless junk, or hidden treasure?

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Château de La Rochefoucauld

Château de La Rochefoucauld

To the northeast of Angoulême in the Charente lies the village of La Rochefoucauld, dominated by the ancient château of the same name. It is here that the La Rochefoucauld family – one of the five oldest noble families of France – has its seat, and where Sonia Matossian, the mother of the current Duke of La Rochefoucauld, lives...

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Are you being served? Nicolas Berthomet

Are you being served? Nicolas Berthomet

For an original surprise party, without having to rush around with all the preparations, why not call on Nicolas Berthomet's talents? Based in Angoulême, 'Events by Nicolas' takes care of all the fine details and leaves you to thoroughly enjoy a relaxing moment with your loved ones...

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A Grand Day Out in Thouars

A Grand Day Out in Thouars

Nestled in the plains of the Deux-Sèvres lies Thouars, the northernmost town of the department, only 15km from neighbouring Maine and Loire. Its geographical position means that it is little known further south, yet this town of 10 000 inhabitants holds an abundance of interesting surprises...

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Discover La Rochelle natural history museum

Discover La Rochelle natural history museum

La Rochelle's natural history museum has an amazing 10,000 exhibits in its 2500 square metres of halls spread over 5 levels. Mixing zoology and ethnology, the museum is full of intriguing delights – including a wealth of exotic mounted animals – and it makes a great day out for all the family as Teresa Hardy finds out....

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