French tourism agency invites visitors from the sultanate, promotes Charente region
If you are looking for nice weather, family-friendly beaches with activities for children, historical sites, outdoor activities like cycling, river cruising and enjoying world-class gastronomy delights especially oysters, then Charente in southwestern France is the place for you.
Charentes Tourism on Tuesday showcased the best of the region at an event in Sheraton Oman Hotel.
The Charente offers a good way to discover the French way of life, the gastronomy rich in iodine (oysters, mussels and fish), Roman churches and picturesque villages.
In three days tourists can discover the maritime history of beautiful and rebellious La Rochelle, the island of Île de Ré and its typical marina of Saint-Martin-de-Re, the Fort Boyard during a boat excursion, the Gallo-Roman arena and Romanesque art in Saintes, the town of Cognac and its cognac houses, the town of Angoulême and its mural frescoes by famous comics artists amongst others, said Stéphane Morand, manager of Charentes Tourism.
He also said that cycling is popular with visitors of all ages and the region is blessed with every kind of route imaginable, from off-road trails signposted to carefully planned tours for long-distance road cycling.
The Charentes Tourism website lists more than 15 places to visit.
Morand added, “La Rochelle is a historic port town. Its quays are lined with wonderful seafood restaurants and there are a number of appealing boat trips leaving from the harbour. The aquarium here is also a popular attraction.
“The Île de Ré is a sought-after spot for the wealthier French crowd, with numerous chic hotels and restaurants – especially at the stylish Saint-Martin-de-Ré and Ars-en-Ré. But it’s also a family-friendly destination with lovely beaches and quiet, traffic-free cycle lanes criss-crossing the whole island.”