The Poitou-Charentes region of western France is one of the sunniest regions in the country and very popular with visitors. Among the highlights on the coast are the island of Ile-de-Ré and the fascinating historical town of La Rochelle, while inland you can discover the fields of sunflowers and quiet villages for which the region is known.

Poitou-Charentes tourism

There are four departments that make up the Poitou-Charentes region: Charente (to the south), Charente-Maritime (to the west), Deux-Sèvres (to the north) and Vienne (to the east). Charente-Maritime is the only one of these departments that has coastline.

The Charente department in the southern Poitou-Charentes region, situated in west-central France and to the north-west of the Dordogne department, is a quiet department, ideal for those seeking to escape the crowds and spend time exploring this largely unspoiled rural area.

There are some notable highlights to be explored in the department, above all the town of Angouleme which has an attractive centre that is pleasant to explore. To the north-east of Angouleme, Confolens also has some interesting monuments. One of our favourite villages in the area is Verteuil-sur-Charente.

Perhaps the most famous town in Charente is Cognac, where you can learn everything related to this popular liqueur – and have plenty of opportunities to try and buy a few bottles of Cognac to take home with you…

We must also mention the village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, close to the border with the Dordogne department and one of the prettiest villages in the Poitou-Charentes region, where you can also see an unusual troglodyte church.

Boat trips on the river

Among the scenic highlights in Charente, exploring the course of the river Charente itself is popular and offers opportunities for boat trips and the chance to quietly enjoy the countryside. Upstream from Angouleme the river is much smaller and calmer, splitting into smaller meandering rivulets and areas of ponds and small lakes, while towards the sea from Angouleme the river can be navigated by larger boats.

Other Charente attractions

There are four gardens in the department that have been officially designated as ‘remarkable gardens’, at Bioussac; the Logis de Forge at Mouthiers-sur-Boeme; Chaigne Garden at Touzac and the medieval garden at Tusson.

The campsite

Juliette found a beautiful and very comfortable small campsite for you which fully meets its high demands: Domaine ‘en Campagne’

Campsite ‘en Campagne’