Deux-Sèvres, Atlantic coast and Loire Valley, France
THE POITOU-CHARENTES AREA
Voted by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 regions in the world to visit, Poitou-Charentes, to the north of the new Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, remains a great place for a holiday.
“With quiet country roads winding through vine-striped hills and wild stretches of coastal sands interspersed with misty islands, this is where the French get back to nature. Much more laid back than the Med but with just as much sunshine, and ideally suited to family holidays, this is a place where you can slow the pace right down, settle in and indulge in the finer things life has to offer.
Poitou-Charentes is far from undiscovered - French tourists have been coming here for years - and what makes it so different from the rest of France is that it encapsulates the best of France in one small, easily digestible region.
Put simply, Poitou-Charentes combines all the best clichés of the French countryside - the sleepy rural villages, the endless fields of sunflowers and the delicious food and drink. This alone makes it different to every other region in the country, but you then have some of the best sightseeing and activities to keep you occupied as well.” Lonely Planet