There is a wide selection of holiday rentals in Poitou Charentes including vacation apartments, both by the sea and in the countryside. Poitou Charentes in South West France is renowned for its sunshine so be sure to head for the great outdoors. Boat, fish and kayak on the River Charente and enjoy Poitou's superb beaches and resorts such as Royan and La Rochelle. Many visitors head for Cognac for tastings and purchase or, for history, Saintes with its amphitheatre and Germanicus Arch is a must. Poitou's warm climate means this is melon growing country and regional cuisine includes seafood, Parthenay beef and chabichou goats cheeses.