Poitou Charentes' coast with its golden beaches and islands is a very attractive holiday destination. Favourite resorts include stylish Royan with its five beaches, marina and great choice of restaurants. In the summer, take a boat trip out to Cordouan lighthouse built in the sixteenth century. Children and adults alike will enjoy La Palmyre Zoo - it'll take a day-long visit to view its many animals, over 1600. Great shopping can be found in La Rochelle's arcaded shopping streets - there's a superb Aquarium here too plus take time to stroll along the quays and admire the huge marina, and enjoy Poitou's seafood - you'll find oysters, clams, seabass and turbot on the menu!