From 2016, a number of the previous administrative regions of France were merged, from 22 regions to 13 regions. The Poitou-Charente region has joined Aquitaine (to the south) and Limousin (to the east) to form the new region of Nouvelle Aquitaine.
The previous Poitou-Charentes region of western France is one of the sunniest regions in the country. It is south west of Paris and only 2.5 to 3hrs by TGV away. You can fly into the region from Paris, London and other European ports. It also has a great highway system. Among the highlights on the coast are the island of Ile-de-Ré and the fascinating historical town of La Rochelle, while inland you can discover the fields of sunflowers and quiet villages for which the region is known.