1 Marais Poitevin
A labyrinth of canals, marshes, pastures and ruins, dubbed “green Venice”.
2 The Île de Ré
Misty beaches, glistening salt marshes, fishing boats, green-shuttered cottages and designer wellies.
3 Ile d’Aix
A miniscule island in the Bay of Biscay, where Napoleon made his final stand.
Maybe the best-kept secret in France – beautiful, historic, lively, full of things to do, and hardly a tourist in sight.
Known as “La Belle au bois dormant” (Sleeping Beauty), an elegant, serene city despite the bustling wine bars, cafés, shops and gourmet restaurants.
6 Wine country
Rolling vineyards, magnificent chateaux and the robust flavours of Margaux, Sauternes, St-Émilion, Pauillac, Cognac … the list goes on.