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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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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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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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Aubeterre-sur-Dronne - one of the most beautiful villages in France

Aubeterre-sur-Dronne - one of the most beautiful villages in France

There are about 32,000 villages in France and just 151 of them are given the accolade of being one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. With its red-tiled roofs, steep cobbled streets and typically French town square lined with linden trees. it's easy to see why Aubeterre-sur-Dronne in the south of the Charente has been designated as one of the most beautiful villages in the country.

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Coulon - capital of the Marais Poitevin

Coulon - capital of the Marais Poitevin

Visit Coulon at the heart of the Marais Poitevin - a unique day out for all the family...

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Our pick of the top beaches in Charente-Maritime

Our pick of the top beaches in Charente-Maritime

With its long coastline, scattered islands and sunny climate, the Charente-Maritime is the perfect place for a beach holiday, whether you are after a tranquil stretch of sand for all the family or somewhere to ride the waves...

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Tales from the monkey park - Vallée des Singes

Tales from the monkey park - Vallée des Singes

The Vallée des Singes is one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions. But what does it take to keep 350 monkeys happy? We spent a day with head keeper Jean-Pascal Guéry to find out...

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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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