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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...

Living experiences : CHOCS AWAY

Living experiences : CHOCS AWAY

If you’re a chocaholic (or happen to be attached to someone who is) then here’s something unashamedly indulgent to chase away even the bluest of winter blues...

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Get away...explore Marennes Basin and the Ile d’Oléron

Get away...explore Marennes Basin and the Ile d’Oléron

We all feel the need to get away to a change of scenery, whether for a weekend or just a day, so here we explore the Marennes Basin and the Ile d’Oléron

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Get away...discover Deux-Sèvres & environs

Get away...discover Deux-Sèvres & environs

We all feel the need to get away to a change of scenery, whether for a weekend or just a day, so here we visit the Deux-Sevres out of season

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Just Brass 79 - Where there's Brass

Just Brass 79 - Where there's Brass

It’s not every day that you come across a brass band playing in rural France, unless, of course, you live in the heart of Poitou-Charentes, as Roger Moss discovered.

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Melle Arboretum - A trail of leaves

Melle Arboretum - A trail of leaves

 Autumn golds and russets are guaranteed at this original arboretum in Melle, Deux-Sèvres, where a botanical visit takes you on a 7km walk around the edge of the historical town with its restored washhouses, fountains and Romanesque churches...

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Get away...visit the Ile de Ré out of season

Get away...visit the Ile de Ré out of season

When you feel a need to get away from it all, or simply feel like a change of scenery, there are plenty of options. Out of season, the Ile de Ré can be perfect place to escape to...

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Rainy Day ideas for Poitou-Charentes

Rainy Day ideas for Poitou-Charentes

Whilst the winter may bring crisp sunshine, it can equally bring damp and cold. But there’s no need to be cooped up in the house - instead get out and visit one of the many indoor attractions that the Poitou-Charentes has to offer...

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Being Reza

Being Reza

International celebrity chef Reza Mahammad recently wowed Indian food-lovers in southern Charente with a dazzling Indian cookery workshop – and, in May 2013, he opened a brand new cookery school right here. We caught up with him just before the launch, and fell under the spell, too... 

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Visit the Marais Poitevin, our Green Venice

Visit the Marais Poitevin, our Green Venice

For a cool day out head to the fascinating emerald waterlands of the Marais Poitevin where you can hire a boat or simply enjoy the relaxing atmosphere…

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Great Lakes of Poitou-Charentes

Great Lakes of Poitou-Charentes

Why not visit one of the many beautiful lakes in Poitou-Charentes? They offer plenty of opportunities to swim, boat, fish and generally enjoy splashing about in water and are a welcoming change to the busy beaches in summer. Ron Cousins shows us the best across the region...

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