The sunniest spot of the Atlantic Coast.
CognacPineau des CharentesOysters from Marennes-Oléron
Angoulême Once in Angouleme you will be surprised how its rich scenery recounts the story of the area by itself. Most known nowadays for its international comic strips festival, Angouleme is surrounded by varied and peaceful landscapes. Let yourself be seduced by the gastronomy, the countryside, the colours and the unexpected you will find there. CognacThe famous liquor is named after this town and region where it was originally produced. Take some time to discover this charming town along the Charente River, have a trip on a "gabare" (the traditional flat-bottomed boat) to have a different view of Francois 1er native town and the surrounding vineyards and numerous roman churches. Ile de Ré Ré, its luminous light, its blue sky, the sunshine... Discover the ten welcoming and typical villages of the island. They are the ideal setting for iodised walks or an introduction to the pleasures of the beach: here is an open space to be preserved. Enjoy the pleasure of freedom on bike or horse over 400 hectares of forest and 1,500 hectares of Marshlands. Take your time on the Atlantic side. NiortIn Niort, the gateway of the Marais Poitevin, you can enjoy peaceful strolls or bicycle rides along the "green corridor", along the banks of the Sèvre Niortaise river and all around the town on the 3rd Millennium walk. In its heart, the city holds a rich heritage built throughout the ages. Niort, the seat of the regional arts and crafts pole, exhibits local know-how in the dynamic streets of the commercial town centre. PoitiersSituated in an enviable geographic environment, the city is easily accessible and is at the midway point of the Paris-Bordeaux axis. Poitiers will surprise and seduce you. The heritage of the city will endlessly whet your curiosity with its 80 registered and protected historic monuments. In the heart of the city, Poitiers' green spaces are perfect places for Sunday strolls or weekday breaks. Indeed, for those in the know, these green spaces are full of rare specimens and valuable plant collections. La RochelleWith an exceptional 2400 hours of sunshine per year, as much as the French Riviera, and the neighbouring island of Ré, Oléron, Aix and Madame, La Rochelle is an ideal holiday resort.Beaches, greenery, fortifications, chalk cliffs... its beauty and diversity create an ideal setting to profit from life's pleasures. With more than three million visitors each year, La Rochelle is the third most visited city in France.RoyanAbove the sea and the fresh water, Royan is the door of the ocean. At its Marina, all kinds of sailing are practiced, between the waters of the Gironde and the Atlantic. You just have to make the choice according to the weather and the tides. Facing the sea behind an arena of sand, the new town of Royan is bathed in sunlight. The unpretentious city was designed by a team of architects lead by Corbusier and inspired by the Modern movement and the Athens Charter.