Top things to do in Poitou Charentes region

Marais Poitevin

Marais Poitevin ©

When it comes to France everyone tends to think about Paris, the Cote d’Azure or Cannes, however the country has got so many other – more or less – hidden treasures. One of these pearls is the beautiful region of  Poitou Charentes that offers amazing cultural, adventure and gourmet experiences to all travelers.

There are so many reasons why you should visit this nice land on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean that one cannot collect all of them. Instead, here is a nice video and the top things to do in Poitou Charentes region, hope this less known part of France will enchant you the way it enchanted me.

Gourmet experiences

We cannot talk about French food and not mention French cheese. When in Poitou Charentes you should definitely stop at a diary farm, observe how they make the famous chabichou goat cheese and take a sample yourself, of course.

Marennes Oysters

Marennes Oysters ©

You also cannot go to this part of France without tasting some of the best seafood on the Atlantic coast, including the well-known Marennes-Oléron oysters – it is also a lot of fun to watch the fisherman unload their daily catch and know that you are going to eat from that freshly caught fish tonight…

Heritage tour in Poitou Charentes

Rochefoucauld Castle

Rochefoucauld Castle ©

The region’s capital city, Poitiers is definitely the starting point of your historical tour in the area with its beautiful churches and lovely old streets. You must not miss Saint John’s Baptistery and the Notre Dame Church!

Other notable things to see in the region include the Abbey of Saint Savin, a World Heritage Sight unique in Europe for its paintings from the Romanesque period as well as the Rochefoucauld Castle with its breathtaking inside of Renaissance style.

Get active outdoors

Marais Poitevin

Marais Poitevin ©

Poitou Charentes offers loads of activities for those who would venture outdoors. First of all visit Cognac and see fo yourself how they produce this great French brandy – don’t forget to taste as well! Another  great spot is the protected natural environment of Marais Poitevin which is not only very beautiful but where you can experience how can man really lice close to nature…

If you would prefer an active sea coast trip, the top things to do might be visiting Ile de Re, sailing on a ship near the coast or even hiring a canoe and discovering the canals of the area.

Let me know in the comment section if you liked this beautiful video and which one of the top things to do in Poitou Charentes would you prefer.


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