The Poitou


The Poitou

The Poitou-Charentes is a region on the west coast of France made up of 4 departments, enjoying good weather and lovely countryside. The Poitou-Charentes is a lovely part of France to live and work, the region boasts good weather and is the second sunniest region in France, often having over 2000 hours of sun every year.

La Vienne

The department to the North-east of the region – the main town is Poitiers and the department, number 86, is so named because of La Vienne, the large river that runs through the department.


The southerly department, number 16, stretching down to the Cognac producing region, with Angouleme the main town, sitting on the river Charentes which gives the department its name.


The coastal department of the region, number 17. Its main town is the port of La Rochelle and it includes the lovely islands off the French coast.


The least well known of the departments, its main town is Niort – gateway to the Venise Vert. Department number 79, Deux-Sèvres is named after the two river ‘Sèvres’. The Sèvres Nantaise to the north and the Sèvres Niortais which flows to the main departmental town of Niort, which is in the South of the department.