Cheap flights to Poitou-Charentes

Poitou-Charentes is an administrative region situated in south-western France. It is comprised of four departments: Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres and Vienne, and the historical provinces of Angoumois, Aunis, Saintonge, and Poitou. The capital city is Poitiers, a city on the Clain River of the Vienne department. Other notable cities are Angoulême, Cognac, La Rochelle, Niort, and Rochefort. As a tourist destination, Poitou-Charentes is known for its stunning coastline and is a wonderful spot for countryside holidays.

What to see & do

Charente-Maritime - Charente-Maritime is popular for its vast sandy beaches and picturesque seaside towns. Considered as the second sunniest department in France, it has so much to offer for those searching for a beach getaway. The capital, La Rochelle, is an interesting town with beautiful architecture and plenty of restaurants, bars, and cafes for visitors. There are lots of outdoor activities such as cycling, horseback-riding, fishing, kite-surfing, surfing, and windsurfing. There are 21 golf courses to choose from, and other recreational facilities. The Aquarium de La Rochelle is also a popular attraction for families, housing over 12,000 animals of 600 species. The city of Cognac is famous for its local brandy that has now become an international brand. Visit the vineyards with a guided tour to learn more about wine production.

Muséum d'Histoire naturelle de La Rochelle - The Muséum d'Histoire naturelle de La Rochelle is a museum in La Rochelle dedicated to natural history. It features about 10,000 artefacts collected since the 18th century.

La Vallée des Singes - The Valley of the Monkeys is a unique primate park in Romagne. It houses primates such as chimpanzees, gorillas, lemurs, and dwarf monkeys. Visitors are allowed to walk amongst the creatures, allowing them to be able to come close to as well as interact with plenty of different species. The park is a wonderful learning experience for children.

Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe - The Romanseque church Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe in Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983.

Angoulême International Comics Festival - The commune Angoulême, capital of the Charente department, hosts the second largest comics festival in Europe. The Angoulême International Comics Festival occurs annually every January, welcoming over 200,000 each year.

How to get around within Poitou-Charentes

France has one of the densest transport systems in the world, so travelling around Poitou-Charentes should be no problem. Renting a car is not necessary, as the region is well-served by the bus and train systems. There are also bikes for hire. Should you need directions or assistance in terms of transport, stop by the tourist office for more information.

How to get there

La Rochelle – Île de Ré Airport is an airport serving La Rochelle and Île de Ré. The airlines Air France, Flybe, and Ryanair operate flights to La Rochelle from Lyon, Southampton, and London respectively. There are also summer seasonal flights from Bristol, Dublin, East Midlands, Porto, and Charleroi. The nearest major airport is Nantes International Airport, in the neighbouring region of Pays-de-la-Loire. The airport has flights from the UK, North Africa, Ireland, and other parts of Europe.

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