Luxury holidays in Poitou-Charentes

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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.

Getting there

  • Planes

    The region’s smaller airports include Poitiers | Limoges and La Rochelle. For internal connecting flights | try Airlinair ( and Brit Air ( 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.
  • Trains

    Poitiers and Angoulême are on the TGV route from Paris to Bordeaux ( UK travellers should take the Eurostar and connect at Lille (
  • Automobiles

    Angoulême 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.
  • Taxis

    It 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.