The Poitou-Charente region of France is divided into four sub regions. Charente- Maritime, Charente, Deux Sevres and Vienne and is relatively unspoilt with mild winters and hot summers. With beaches and countryside it is a great family holiday destination.
The Charente-Maritime on the coast is perfect for families who like beach holidays. The weather here usually hot and sunny in the summer months, is ideal for sun worshippers. It is also a fabulous area of France to visit out of the summer months and so perfect for families looking for a bargain bit of sunshine with their babies and pre-schoolers as the seasons are long and relatively mild in the winter.
Further inland, in Deux-Sèvres and Vienne, the gentle rolling countryside and small family farms provide a peaceful holiday environment for babies, kids and parents looking for a rural experience.
There are some great watersport facilities on the sandy beach resorts. La Palmyre zoo near Royan is a very popular attraction as is Futurescope, a theme park with 3d viewings, rides for all ages, a fairy-tale evening show and exhibitions. Or how about exploring the forts and castles, riding a miniature train or velo rail?