Charente is a department which can be found in the Poitou-Charentes region in south west France. Because Charente hasn't been invaded by mass tourism, the department still retains its traditional ways of living and the pace of life here is ideal for anyone wanting a relaxing break. You'll actually find old men playing boules and you can wander around the markets and stop off somewhere for a glass of wine. There are plenty of culinary treats which you can take back to Charente holiday rentals from the markets, such as their goats' cheese, honey, its famous Limousin beef and why not try some local delicacies like the Cagouille: Grey snails that go great with garlic.
There's not only food to eat and wine to be drunk though, there are also plenty of towns to discover. The capital of the department, Angoulême isn't far from Charente accommodation. It's a town dating back to the 6th century AD and is therefore full of history with winding roads, old town walls and a cathedral to see. The most famous town to visit while holidaying in Charente holiday rentals is the town of Cognac. This is where the famous alcoholic drink comes from and you can take a trip around one of the cognac producing buildings. The town also has some historic buildings to enjoy, as well as visiting one of the many restaurants and bars to take a break in before heading back to your Charente accommodation. Surrounded by many departments such as Charente-Maritime, Dordogne and Vienne, Charente holiday rentals also make a great base from which you can discover more of the Poitou-Charentes region in order to make the most of your quiet holiday in France.