Inland, the scene is one of tranquillity with vast open spaces
through to wooded valleys, the canals and the valley of Vienne, to the foothills of
Charente and the Cognac vineyards.
The Poitou-Charentes region has much to offer the tourist from walks along the coastline,
investigating the towns built beside fortresses and ramparts, enjoying the peace and
tranquillity of the marshland known as the Marais Poitevin or at the other end of the
scale, experiencing the thrills and excitement of image technology at the Futuroscope.
Cognac, the drink that is named after the town of Cognac in France, is a brandy produced
in the region surrounding the town, and you can taste some very fine examples throughout
the Charente, Deux-Sevres and Charente-Maritme departments.
Many of the cognac producers in the town of
Cognac and the surrounding area also allow visitors not just to taste their product, but
have guided tours to show visitors how the cognac is made.