The Department of Charente epitomises traditional rural France. When on holiday there, listen out for the Occitan dialects that can still be heard in the fairs and markets frequented by local farmers and craftsmen. Charente is an area of natural beauty and lush with vegetation, due mainly to its temperate climate.
Traditionally, the rest of France consider the Charentais character to be laidback and holiday visitors here can certainly find time for lots of leisurely pursuits. The whole area is laced with rivers and streams that feed into the picturesque River Charente.