When to go
When schools break up for summer, the region’s beaches fill with families; only go in July and August if you don’t mind sharing with them. Autumn is a great time to visit: the Atlantic is as warmed by the summer sun as it will ever be, and the grape harvest (September to October) brings festivals.
PlanesThe region’s smaller airports include Poitiers | Limoges and La Rochelle. For internal connecting flights | try Airlinair (www.airlinair.com) and Brit Air (www.britair.com). For direct flights from the UK | Bordeaux is less than two hours away from Angoulême | and BA and EasyJet can take you there from London.
TrainsPoitiers and Angoulême are on the TGV route from Paris to Bordeaux (www.tgv.com). UK travellers should take the Eurostar and connect at Lille (eurostar.co.uk).
AutomobilesAngoulême is four and a half hours by road from Paris | seven hours from Calais. You can rent a car at Bordeaux airport or book car-hire pick-up at Poitiers rail station.
TaxisIt should be easy to hunt down a cab in bigger towns such as La Rochelle, Rochefort and Angoulême. In villages, c'est pas évident, though your hotel should be able to organise one for you.