Visiting France is one of a lifetime experience for those who love to travel; it’s not about visiting Eifel Tower and you have seen the entire France. When you are in France, there are never-ending horizons if you have thirst for exploring alluring scenery; such as bravura sandy beaches, the magnificent landscape, striking islands, coastal wetlands, exquisite vineyards, startling castles of the medieval era, architectural heritage and churches, and a lot more. One of the many destinations in western France; Vendee and Poitou-Charentes are the one of the most loved tourist places revered by both French and foreign visitors as a hotspot for family holidays. There are many travel blogs and sites like Oliver’s Travels from where you can learn a lot more about France but still let’s have a look to some of the best places which should not be missed when you are in Poitou Charentes and Vendee.
La Rochelle is a few km from Vendee inside the Charente-Maritime, is one of those places that shouldn’t be missed by anyone who is visiting this area of France. La Rochelle is a historic Old Harbour and an Atlantic port city rich with its magnificent architectural heritage and medieval fortification. Aquarium de La Rochelle is a family-owned public aquarium, one of a most visited tourist site in France with an average of 800,000 visitors per year; exhibiting more than 12,000 animals of 600 different species. The city is easy to explore on foot, by bike or by boat. La Rochelle was one of the first towns in France to announce a pedestrian-only zone.
Vineyards of Cognac
The vineyards of Cognac extend over nearly 75,000 hectares and one of the largest white-grape vineyards in Europe. Cognac is a commune in the Charente department in southwestern France. It is well known for its famous brandy of the same name. When you are in Poitou-Charentes must visit and learn its winemaking tradition. Don’t miss to visit the historic villages of Cognac and Saintes. The Cognac vineyard covers six high-quality cru grape-growing areas; each one of them reflects the expression of the soil, the country and its landscape. Relish their tasting and cooking courses, explore the Museum of the Arts of Cognac, scenic trips, learn how to tend the grape vines, and accomplish your trip with visits to the Roman churches, Gallo-Roman relics and chateaux.
Rochefort is another commune in southwestern France, a port on the Charente estuary of the Charente-Maritime department. It is an inland from the coast and one of a known naval arsenal, all you can explore here is old naval buildings, the old naval rope works and lot more. You can see a historic collection of a model of sailing ships, shipyard in the Maritime Museum. Other fascinating attractions comprise France’s only remaining transporter bridge which is no longer in use now… Besides all these, to visit the unusual House of Pierre Loti, a French 19th century traveller, with its genuine Oriental interiors; and the Museum of historic shops is also quite exciting.
Valley of the Seugne
If you are in love with beautiful valleys and Romanesque churches you must visit the valley of Seugne, it is located to the south of the department near the river Seugne and its beautiful valley. This historical area has Charente Maritime’s largest concentration of over more than 100 Romanesque churches scattered among local towns and villages.
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