Choose a gite for your holiday accommodation and you're selecting a property that was once in agricultural use. Poitou Charentes is renowned for its fruit - in particular melons and the countryside there sees mile upon mile of sunflowers. Keen fishermen may well head to Centre Pescalis at Montcoutant - its managed lakes are stocked with trout, salmon, black bass and more - both experienced and novice anglers are welcomed. Futuroscope is a huge draw - its impressive audio-visual attractions and shows make for a superb family day out. Poitou Charentes has some interesting Roman heritage to see too - Gallo-Roman thermal baths at Chassenon, for example, and the amphitheatre and Germanicus Arch in Saintes.