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The Poitou - Charentes is the sunniest place in Central - West France with statistically the most hours of sunshine per year and an average temperature of 26 degrees. The region really is an ideal region in France: pleasant weather, a beautiful landscape, picturesque villages, cozy terraces, a relaxed atmosphere and an excellent regional cuisine.
The Poitou – Charentes is a department with many touristic activities. It is surrounded by the Atlantic coast and has well-known seaside resorts such as La Rochelle and Île de Ré. The Dordogne region is located south and the Loire is north of Poitou-Charentes. The city of Poitiers has plenty to do, see and experience just like Niort and Angoulème, two other beautiful cities in the area. These cities are perfect for shopping. The area also has small rolling hills and therefore great for walking and cycling. Part of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela runs through the region, which is why there is a lot of religious Romanesque art in the region. The region also has a huge nature reserve: Marais Poitevin, a marshland where people sail in gondolas. A little further along you will find the Cognac region which is where Cognac comes from and also where the renowned house Courvoisier is located.
The area has a few of France’s best touristic attractions such as Puy du Fou, a huge park with attractions based on different periods of history. This park is highly ranked in the world ranking of theme parks, it even was number 1 at one point. Futuroscope, another fantastic theme park, is located in Poitiers and has loads of futuristic attractions/shows. The shows are all dedicated to the latest techniques in the field of film and multimedia. There is 900 m2 of IMAX movie screens, 4D effects and shows where you look into the future.