When one speaks about Poitou-Charente, one thinks of Royan, La Rochelle, long sandy beaches and those marvellous islands. But this region has much more to offer. Marais poitevin, is a great example of a lesser known gem in the region, it is magical and relaxing. Sale prices for property in Poitou-Charente are still reasonable despite constantly increasing demand. All types of house can be found in Poitou-Charente: traditional Charente style houses in La Rochelle, stone farmhouses or smart maisonettes with colored shutters on the Ile de Ré. Its sunny, temperate climate makes it a major holiday destination or for year round living. For lovers of fine food: oysters from Marenne and bouchot mussels galore.