15 Best Things to Do in Poitou-Charentes

Seeing as it contains La Rochelle and the top-tier theme park Futuroscope, it’s no shock that Poitou-Charentes is among France’s most popular tourist regions.

Historic La Rochelle is the destination that everyone knows and loves thanks in no small part to its old port, kept safe for centuries by those iconic towers.

But there’s so much more to the region if you’re ready to travel: Historic UNESCO sites, France’s answer to Venice, innovative family attractions and some of the prettiest towns you’ll ever encounter.

True brandy connoisseurs can brush up their knowledge about Cognac on the designated trail, visiting the world’s most prestigious distilleries and quaffing this delectable drink as they go.

Lets explore the best things to do in Poitou-Charentes:

1. La Rochelle

La Rochelle

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La Rochelle

This coastal city is rightfully one of France’s favourite summer destinations, with a glorious old harbour defended by the Tour de la Chaîne and Tour Saint-Nicolas.

Idle over a long, leisurely meal at a quayside restaurant and wander the city’s historic arcaded streets.

Family attractions here are all about the ocean, so you can find out about the history of French seafaring at the Maritime Museum or see the huge aquarium, with tanks totalling three million litres.

For beach-time cross the bridge  Île de Ré, which has a host shallow golden beaches, as well as a UNESCO-listed port, Saint-Martin, fortified by Vauban in the 17th-century.

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