France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Poitou-Charentes Region of France
This region of Atlantic France facing the Bay of Biscay just north of Bordeaux is where you'll find Cognac, Île-de-Ré, Île d'Oléron, La Rochelle, Poitiers, Rochefort, Saintes and more.

Citadel Lighthouse, Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Île-de-Ré, France

Lighthouse in the Citadel,
Saint-Martin-de-Ré, on the




The Poitou-Charentes région on the Atlantic coast of France north of Aquitaine (map), about 470 km (292 miles) southwest of Paris and 163 km (101 miles) north of Bordeaux, is noted for its history, its seaside resorts, and cognac, that most French of brandies.

Transportation in Poitou-Charentes is by air, train, bus, car, bicycle and on foot. More...


The town of Cognac is the center of the region that grows grapes to distill into cognac, the standard-of-the-world brandy. Visitors come to see the vineyards, tour the distilleries, and of course to taste the amber-colored spirits. More...


A vacation island off the coast of La Rochelle, now connected to the mainland by a 3-jm (2-mile) toll bridge. More...

Île d'Oléron

South of Île-de-Ré in the Bay of Biscay lies this larger vacation island, also connected to the mainland by a bridge. More...

La Rochelle

This small seaport city is the transportation hub for this part of France's Atlantic coast, with the busiest airport, the main train station for TGV trains to Paris, and a hub of the regional bus network. More...


Chief city of the région of Poitou-Charentes, Poitiers is among the most historic cities in France, with well-preserved Romanesque and medieval architecture. Because of its famed university, it preserves a young spirit in its ancient streets. More...


A historic French naval port, Rochefort was the homebase of peripatetic turn-of-the-century French novelist and naval officer Louis Marie-Julien Viaud, known as Pierre Loti. More...


A very old town with several fine Roman ruins, Saintes is also among the most pleasant small cities of the region. More...

About Poitou-Charentes

In January 2016, the région of Poitou-Charentes was officially combined with the Aquitaine and Limousin regions to form the région of...guess what: Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes.

The former region of Poitou-Charentes is made up of four départements: Deux-Sèvres, Charente, Charente-Maritime, and Vienne.

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Château de Cognac, Poitou-Charentes, France

Château de Cognac, Cognac, France.


Île-de-Ré, Poitou-Charentes, France

Île-de-Ré, Poitou-Charentes, Atlantic France.


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