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Angouleme: This historic town is situated between La Rochelle and Bordeaux in the Poitou Charente region of South West France. Apart from being a thriving commercial town it is steeped in history around the centre where there are more than two kilometres of the ramparts remaining intact, while the boulevards that follow the walls are wide, open streets with good views across the surrounding countryside. Heading along the ramparts on the southern side of the centre you will reach the cathedral. A nice way to finish your tour of the centre of Angouleme is to continue via Place Beaulieu, with its far-reaching views across the town and river, then take a stroll through the extensive park under the ramparts.
La Rochelle. A little further south is the city of La Rochelle, capital of the Charente Maritime. The city has beautifully maintained its past architecture, making it one of the most picturesque and historically richest cities on the Atlantic coast.
An interesting part of the region to visit, which the British have always coveted, is a small flat island, The Ile de Ré, easily accessible since 1987, when a 3 kilometer bridge was built to connect the island to the mainland.
To ensure the island is not overrun by second-home owners, houses are limited in number, can’t exceed a certain height and must be whitewashed – many also have traditional green shutters and orange tiles. The best way to take in the pleasures of Ile de Ré is to cycle the miles of fantastic coastal cycle routes, but don’t worry, there’s not a hill in sight !. Bike rental is easily available through.
Another remarkable island, the second largest in France after Corsica, is the Ile d’Oléron, once again connected to the mainland by a bridge, this one toll free since 1991. Twenty-five beaches with a large range of water sports: surfing, sailing, catamaran, kitesurfing, windsurfing, rowing, fishing, diving… The Atlantic Ocean is a year-round attraction!
A must-see is the picturesque fishing port of La Cotinière celebrated for turbot, lobster, langoustines, mussels and sea bass. You will find all of these on most of the restaurant menus, at very reasonable prices, while the kids can have their own children’s menu.
Above all Les Sables-d'Olonne is a beach resort and as such it has one of the finest beaches in the Vendée, which stretch from the harbour mouth to the beaches at La Tanchet where surfing is king.