Charentes has one of France’s mildest and most pleasant climates, with plenty of southern sunshine along its golden coast, and offers great diversity on your holiday. The historic port city of La Rochelle, with its rampart-surrounded Vieux Port, boasts a fine aquarium, and is joined by a 3km road bridge to the holiday island of Ile de Ré, also called the White Island, after its charming whitewashed sea cottages. Royan has the famous La Palmyre zoo, and the best French oysters are cultivated at nearby Marennes-Oléron. Poitiers, with fine Romanesque monuments and churches, remains pleasantly tranquil in spite of the success of nearby Futuroscope, one of France’s most popular and interesting theme parks, definitely worth a visit on your way to our holiday villas. From your villa you can explore both the inland Charente and the coastal Charente-Maritime.