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This western area of France, tucked under the arm of the Brittany peninsula, is a great escape for anyone looking for some quiet relaxation. Sometimes referred to as "Green Venice" for the abundance of shimmering waterways that decorate the landscape, Poitou-Charentes is sprinkled with medieval chateaux and Romanesque churches, and its dewy vineyards produce the raw material for golden Cognac liquor. In Poitou-Charentes, you can spend your mornings breathing in the crisp country air, indulge in a classic French lunch of regional goat cheese, fresh oysters and fizzing white wine and watch the sun set over the emerald-green River Charente while fireflies flicker on the banks.
Some of the region's top attractions include:
Staying in a vacation rental is the ideal way to experience the local flavor of this beautiful corner of France. Apartments, chateaux and countryside cabins are widely available, and make the perfect base for families, couples, and groups enjoying this lovely region.
If you're craving the sights, sounds and adventure of the city, Poitou-Charentes is a short train ride away from Paris. Adding France's famous capital city to your itinerary is both convenient and rewarding.