The Poitou-Charentes is one of the sunniest parts of the French western coast and its mild climate makes it desirable to visit anytime. The scene is one of serenity, with vast horizons and wooded valleys, the soothing tranquillity of canals and the valley of the Vienne. It is the second most prominent region of France in terms of historic monuments and is renowned for its wealth of Romanesque art. Located less than half an hour from our office is Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe which houses a Romanesque abbey first erected in the 9th century and adorned with the finest and most complete series of murals painted in France. Retracing 31 scenes from the Bible, the beige and pink-toned paintings that decorate the nave are now on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
Perched on a promontory between two rivers, the region's capital city of Poitiers has a distinctive medieval section of town. Its Notre-Dame-la-Grande church typifies the Poitou Romanesque style of the 12th century and the recent restoration of its facade highlights its magnificent sculptures and windows. Other examples of religious architecture are found in the Sainte-Radegonde and Saint-Hilaire-le-Grand churches. Six miles north of Poitiers is the theme park of Futuroscope ; specializing in imaging and numeric technology, this 173-acre “European Park of the Moving Image” offers 22 attractions that offer a glimpse into future technology and media.
The Limousin in the Eastern part of our region has been somewhat neglected by traditional tourism, and has only recently become popular with tourists looking for the old fashioned image of rural France: untouched countryside of hills, gorges and lush green meadows , Limousin cattle graze on the pasturelands, and the rivers and lakes teem with fish. Numerous ancient village churches dot the landscape as well as more imposing abbey churches and fortresses, and the many lakes and rivers of the Limousin provide endless possibilities for canoeing, sailing, wind-surfing and other water sports.
Still to the East, but slightly further North into the Indre and you will find yourself in the Brenne National Park, traditionally known as the Land of a Thousand Lakes (in fact there are around 1400). This protected area covers some 160000 hectares and is one of the most important areas of lakes in France. An internationally important wetland, it harbours natural habitats and species of wild plants and animals, and in particular birds, that are threatened. It is a place of discovery and a peaceful area to be enjoyed. There are also many other benefits of the area, which as well as the wetland, offers an animal park and numerous visitor centres, as well as many beautiful chateaux. It's not all peace and tranquillity either, in this region you can go hiking, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, rock climbing, caving, canoeing and fishing – for the more adventurous amongst you !