Poitou-Charentes is a former region of Central France, now part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Poitou and Charentes regions have a magnificent coastline - and is one of the finest destinations for countryside holidays. The region's reputation is closely linked to cognac – the superb, refined, locally-produced spirit. Poitou-Charentes is a land of tradition, where skills are passed on from generation to generation: its inhabitants know how to wait for a good product to mature – and they also know how to take the time to enjoy life and to welcome guests.
- Cognac - home of the famous spirit (a brandy)
- La Rochelle
- Poitiers - the former capital of the region
- The Island of Oleron
Renowned as the home of cognac – such famous names as Martell, Hennessy and Rémy Martin line the river Charente around the towns of Cognac and Jarnac where they distill the delicious spirit. The region is home to 1,640,068 people (1999 estimate).
- Futuroscope. The science and technology theme park.