If you’re planning a trip for the adults only in France, we have compiled a list with the 10 Best Things to Do in Poitou-Charentes.
But now and again mum and dad need some quality time together, here are our top 10 things to do in Poitou-Charentes, if you don’t have kids or have got a rare day off from being parents!
10 Best Things to Do in Poitou-Charentes
Here are some of our top tips to keep you busy during your visit and our suggestion on the best Things To Do in Poitou-Charentes While Camping in France .
1. Take in the Beautiful Architecture
This area of France is teeming with Chateaus, Romanesque Chapels, and medieval architecture and visiting one, or a few, of them is amonth the best things to do in Poitou-Charentes. Head for La Rochelle to enjoy visiting a quaint and beautiful maritime port. Apart from a harbor bubbling with life and fantastic little cafes and eateries this town has some wonderful architecture.
Amble through the historic streets and discover lots of little wonders. At the center of the La Rochelle is the town hall. It has a wonderful courtyard and it is luxuriously furnished. Visit the ‘Street of Haberdashers’ as it is called in English. It is full of enchanting and stylish shops.
Other buildings that are a treat are the famous lighthouse and townhouses that date back over 400 hundred years.
2. Visit a Spa in Rochefort
There are many spas you can visit in this area. Head for Rochefort to find one that will truly revitalize you and leave you addicted to the care of mother nature.
The Charente river is full of minerals and marine sediments that are good for your health. A thermal bath spa is especially beneficial and really relaxing. Give your health a boost and let you and your partner get some real rest and relaxation.
This is so popular that thousands of people make their way to France for the benefits of natural springs and spas. The Romans were enjoying it hundreds of years ago and now you can too.
3. Attend a Folklore Festival in Saintes
This is an ancient town dating back a 1000 years. Saintes is full of amazing things to see but if you have time head for the annual international folklore festival called Jeux Santons.
Here you will get to take in dancing, music, and singing from all over the world set against the backdrop of antiquity. You will find it atmospheric and great fun.
4. Take a Romantic Beach Walk
When was the last time you took a slow and restful stroll down a beautiful beach with your partner? It is good for the soul to experience the openness and fresh air with your loved one.
There are many beaches you could choose. Head out to the beaches of the Ile de Ré. Here you will find 10 kilometers of fine sandy beaches with a beautiful backdrop of pine trees. Even though it is popular it has a feeling of being isolated and remote. Perfect for a romantic walk or just getting away from it all.
5. Go Surfing
If you want to rediscover your youth with some sea action and excitement, then hit the surf at Vert Bois. If you have never been surfing then you must give it a go. It is a thrill to ride power of the sea.
You check out the surf report here.
6. Visit a Cognac Distillery
You cannot visit Cognac without a tipple or two. Cognac is the birthplace of the famous brandy. You will have a great time visiting one of the local distilleries and learning more about how Cognac is made.
You will also get the chance to taste this fantastic drink. Lots of enjoyment guaranteed.
Definitely one of the best things to do in Poitou-Charentes for grown ups.
7. Take a Romantic Boat Trip Through the Marais Poitevin
This is a magical place. You could almost imagine meeting Tinkerbell here. You will find it enchanting and beautiful. Originally this area was a marshland and roughly a thousand years ago was part of the coastal area.
With the development of canals and waterways, the area allows you to float your way through it on a boat in blissful peace. Where there is water there is life. It is a beautiful natural area that has a sort of dreamlike quality to it. Check out this local website for some great pictures.
Go punting on the river and you might think you will see Ratty from the Wind in the Willows.
8. Experience the Renaissance
The Renaissance was an exciting period of history. Maybe you learned about it at school or have read literature on it. This amazing period of history is associated with greats like Michaelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci.
9. Visit Beautiful Gardens
French gardens are world famous. They conjure up the image of neat hedges and well-groomed topiary. Beautiful flowers and pristine lawns. You can almost smell the lavender from here!
There are many places you could visit but if you enjoy gardens then you will really love what is on offer at the Les Jardins du Chaigne.
10. Romantic Dinner
You cannot be in France with your partner without indulging in a romantic dinner or two, you’ll be spoilt for choice! French cuisine is idolized the world over.
Here in the picturesque part of Poitou-Charente, you cannot move for romantic candlelight and superb culinary skill washed down with world-class wine. Check out some suggestions here.
Booking a campsite in Poitou-Charente
After reading this you must be dying to go camping in France and check on the best things to do in Poitou-Charente. It is a place brimming with things to do that offer wonder, beauty, and excitement. And we can help!
Just take a look here to see all the great accommodation and campsites there is on offer in the region, and many you’re able to book straight through our website.