Located in the greater Southwest France, it brings together a population of 1 783 991 in 2012, known as Picto-Charentais or Pictocharentais (name formed from the Gallic people of the Pictons). There are however significant disparities between agricultural territories marked by a certain demographic abandonment, coastal areas growing steadily (Aunis, islands of Ré and Oléron, side of beauty) and often densely populated settlements.
This region is marked by its is famous for its vineyards, which produces cognac, pineau des Charentes but also wines from Haut-Poitou. The Poitou-Charentes region has a magnificent coastline – and is one of the finest destinations for countryside holidays. There is also a lot of seaside tourism.
The region has two universities (Poitiers and La Rochelle), four University centers decentralized (Angoulême, Niort, Royan and Châtellerault), two schools of commerce, seven engineering schools and several poles of research and transfer of technology.
Poitou-Charentes is bounded by the Centre-Val de Loire and the countries of the Loire to the North, the Limousin to the East and the Aquitaine South. Its western edge opens on the Atlantic ocean and the estuary of the Gironde, more vast estuary of Europe, offering a wide coastline.
There are many different things to see in the region. For example, the Vieux Port, its towers, the old clock: Saint Nicolas, rich in history and offering a magnificent point of view on the port and the city as a whole. A guided tour will delight you. There is an aquarium which is vast and rich; small shellfish to sharks, seahorses and the wrasses the show is splendid.
La Rochelle has an extensive historic centre and a port area that is very active late into the evening – a visit is highly recommended!Just off the coast of Charente-Maritime and reached by a bridge, the island of Ile de Ré is also very popular with summer visitors, attracted by the beaches and the family atmosphere. The classified ‘beautiful villages’ of Ars-en-Ré and La Flotte-en-Ré and the town of St-Martin-de-Ré are among the highlights on the island.