The seasons in the Poitou-Charentes are formed under the influence of the Atlantic. There are 4 climatic in France: Atlantic, Continental, Alpine and Mediterranean. Each zone has its own specific variety of flora and fauna.
No wonder that France is a favorite place for many to have tours, seaside vacations and skiing. The country has over forty parks of national and regional significance.
Noisy Paris doesn’t represent whole France. In order to understand how beautiful French land at any time of year, you need to visit a province with abundant pastoral landscapes and places of unspoiled nature.
Spring in the Poitou-Charentes
Spring is the most romantic season in the Charente. Its gentle green, first flowers and timid awakening of nature create special atmosphere. At this time of year rivers overflow their banks, chestnuts blooms and towns and villages are surrounded by fragrance.
The spring for French is the traditional wedding season so streets is filled with wedding processions.
Spring is the time when the Charente is covered by blooming broom and gorse flowers and the lakes of the High Charente are filled with voices of thousands of different birds. The owners of the chateaus in the south west of France start to prune vines.
Summer in the Poitou-Charentes
The Charente summer has pleasant weather with no heat, so this is the peak of tourist season. Coasts are especially good in this time of year. The air there is heated above 25 °C and rains are relatively infrequent.
In the period between June and August weather is very warm throughout the country. Cool weather persists only on some mountain areas.
The wild fauna of French forests is most active during summertime. Noteworthy that despite the urbanization processes fauna of France is preserved way better than in neighboring countries.
During the warm season one can meet animals like chamois, badgers, foxes, deer, otters, roe deer and wild boars in numerous reserves and national parks. There are lots of trout in rivers and lakes of France and of course the Charente-Maritime is the place to eat fresh fish.
Autumn in the Poitou-Charentes
Autumn in the Charente smells like sweet wines of Aquitaine and the rotting leaves in the vicinity of the castles, filled with mild October sun. This is the time when the French return from their holidays and many tourists conversely rush to the Cote d’Azur in eager not to miss the velvet season.
The main harvest time in the Charente also occurs in the autumn. The French are celebrating the Day of Chestnut in late October. This goodie is fried and its aroma envelops the streets of cities and villages. Then the celebration transits to the Week of Taste under which Cider Day, Day of Spices and Fish festival are held.
Winter in the Poitou-Charentes
The Charente winter characterized by northerly winds which bring cold weather into its territory down to the Mediterranean coast. However, this circumstance doesn’t scare tourists who prefer this country for a vacation at any time of the year. The remarkable fact: in the middle of January temperature in France reaches 10 °C (50 °F) and the sky may be as bright blue as in Istanbul in the summer.
Winter in the Charente is primarily rainy rather than snowy. Therefore, Frenchman needs umbrella much more than a sled or a warm jacket.
The temperature rarely drops below zero. The coldest weather in winter is noted in Alsace and the warmest is on the island of Corsica, where the average temperature of January reaches 13 °C (55 °F).