There’s a certain art to life that the French seem to have cornered, and no place is the Art de Vivre more prevalent than the region of the Atlantic Coast and Cognac Country, an area that was named one of the top ten regions of the world to visit in 2012 by Lonely Planet.
The Lonely Planet people describe it as woefully under-visited by foreigners and they say that it ‘encapsulates the best of France in one small, easily digestible region’.
The region is renowned for its idyllic landscapes, lighthouses and islands, along with delicious gourmet delicacies and rich heritage.
Nestled within the Poitou-Charentes region are the truly historic areas of La Rochelle and Ile de Re, which combine a vibrant contemporary scene with beautiful settings.
France’s Green Venice, the wetlands of the Marais Poitevin, is a magical location, split into three zones – the Wet Marsh, Dry Marsh and Bay de l’Aiguillon, each with its own distinct personality.
And Poitou-Charentes is home Cognac country, with themed trails to meet producers of the famous double-distilled drink.
Whether it’s for a romantic break, an outdoor adventure or a family holiday to explore and enjoy some of France’s gems, the Atlantic coast and Cognac country of Poitou-Charentes holds the essence of the Art de Vivre.