This is a region of Western France, rich in history and monuments, which comprises the départments: Charante, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèrves and Vienne. The people will give you a warm welcome, sharing the secrets and richness of their region and their lifestyle, including mouth-watering gastronomy that will titillate even the most demanding gourmets. From seafood to goat cheese, from cognac to Broyé du Poitou, the products of Poitou-Charentes mirror the region's rural and maritime nature.
From north to south, from east to west, the landscape assumes a dazzling variety of forms allowing for a wide variety of holiday activitis, whatever may be your interests. What could be more agreeable than to be free to choose, one day after another, between a boat trip through the Marais Poitevin marshes, a day's sunbathing on the Atlantic coast, a short cruise to discover the islands of Ré, Oléron and Aix, a tour of the cellars in Cognac followed by a chance to taste brandy, or an excursion down a road dotted with outstanding examples of Romanesque architecture.
Whilst you are in the region, you must allow time to meet one of the region’s most notable residents: The redoubtable Baudet du Poitou” (The Poitou Donkey), arguably the most recognizable donkey in the world, the least known and most endangered. These beautiful creatures with their shaggy coats and huge ears are adorable. Please visit them at La Maison du Baudet du Poitou, La Tillauderie, Dampierre sur Boutonne, your 3€ entrance fee will help secure their future.