The Poitou-Charentes is the second sunniest region of France and has a magnificent 350 km of beach coastline. It is one of the finest destinations for all year round holidays and weekend breaks in France: From abbeys to chateaux, around 600 monuments testify to a rich past where Roman art left its mark. A land so beautiful it has been the subject of many battles for its control between the French and the English monarchy.
Poitiers, the ancient capital of Poitou, is a fine example of the past and present living together. The medieval city is home to Futuroscope one of France's largest theme parks, based on the use of the most modern multimedia technologies. Enjoy the soothing nature of the Marais Poitevin (Green Venice) or, further south, take in the annual Circuit des Remparts classic car racing in Angoulême's medieval centre. Visit an original Roman Arc de Triomphe in the beautiful town of Saintes or go to Richard the Lionheart's castle in Niort.
One of the many places worth a visit are the cellars and distilleries of Cognac, where you can visit the houses of Hennessy, Otard, Remy Martin, Courvoisier and the countless smaller producers. The Poitou-Charentes comprises the Departments  Charente,  Charente Maritime  Deux Sevres and  Vienne.
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