Area and Activities

Poitou-Charentes, Warmly Recommended!

The beautiful region of Poitou-Charentes is located near the Atlantic coast. Read: long sandy beaches and clear blue water. But forests and marshes as well. And many more activities, things to see and great food. In short: a popular region for tourists with or without children. Poitou-Charentes has a well-deserved place in the top ten regions to visit according to Lonely Planet.

Most Hours of Sunshine a Year

Thanks to the warm currents from the Gulf stream, Poitou-Charentes is one of the sunniest places in France. From June till September the average temperature is 26 degrees. In the spring and autumn, you can enjoy a pleasant 20 degrees.

Luxurious Golf Course on Domaine Les Forges

This golfer’s paradise of 3.2 kilometres has three rounds of nine holes each, i.e. 27 holes in total. Both beginners and experienced golfers can enjoy themselves here. Golf equipment can be hired. If this is your first time, you can even receive training by a professional golfer. Tastes like more? There are two more golf courses within 35 kilometres.

Lac Moncotour en Lac du Cébron
If you love swimming, this is where you can dive into adventure. At the Lac Moncontour the whole family revives: from swimming, canoeing and sports to water slides, bouncy houses and pretty beaches. The dammed lake Lac du Cébron is ideal for wind surfing and sailing, renting boats or a pedal boat, swimming and fishing. Plan d’Eau de Verruyes offers a lot of activities both in and beside the water.

Horsing Around in the Recreation Park of Deux-Sèvres
Sailing and wind surfing, boat or pedal boat rides, swimming and more. Everything is possible, just like reading a book on a quiet spot on the grass or on the beach. Ideal for families and water lovers.

Futuroscope, a Theme Park about Technology
This theme park is dedicated to experience, theatre, film and technology. You can visit impressive 3D and 4D cinemas, learn everything about the film industry and multimedia and in the evening, watch an impressive show with water features, laser effects and firework.

From Knights to Crocodiles and Indoor Fun
Three places that make (children’s) hearts beat faster: the historical park Puy du Fou with its unforgettable Knight show, the reptile park La Planète des Crocodiles which guides you through the amazing world of the crocodiles, and the adventurous indoor playground Looky Land.

Zoo la Palmyre, Beastly Fun!
Perfect for a day of animal spotting: from elephants and giraffes to monkeys and ostriches. Some animals may even be petted, thus providing incredible fun and excitement to small children’s hands.

Visit to the Monkeys or Sheep
Follow in the footsteps of a shepherd in Parc Mouton Village. Here you can see a shepherd’s dog at work, sheep being shaved and lambs being bottle fed. In La Vallée des Singes animal lovers will have a field day. In this park you can stroll through woods featuring about 400 monkeys of more than 30 breeds that live ‘freely’ on islands, without a cage or fences.

Poitiers, City of Art and History
Steeped in history and culture, this university town has an inner maze of charming narrow streets. Both the historic buildings and the many boutiques and cosy terraces are definitely worth a visit.

La Rochelle, a Picturesque Postcard
Authentic city centre, charming markets and sturdy towers looking out over an imposing harbour. La Rochelle is extremely picturesque. There is always something going on. And if the weather is somewhat disappointing, you can always visit the Museum of Fine Arts and the aquarium.

Niort
Niort is a place in the Deux-Sèvres department in the Poitou-Charentes region. After Poitiers and La Rochelle, Niort is the largest town in the entire region. The town is located on the Sèvre Niortaise river, which crosses the city. Today, Niort is a town with plenty to see and plenty to do. The historical centre is well worth a visit. Perched on the banks of the river Sèvre Niortaise, you will find one of the most beautiful donjons in France. There are numerous narrow medieval streets to explore. Finally, both the church of Saint-Etienne and Saint-Hilaire are worth visiting, and there are many cosy restaurants and shops. Niort provides an ideal base for a wonderful holiday in the Poitou-Charentes region.

Île de Ré and Île d’Oléron, Miles of Sandy Beaches
Greek-looking houses, lovely fishing villages and miles of sandy beaches. That is what makes these holiday islands so popular with tourists and families. Besides relaxing, the islands offer hours of walking and cycling.

War History in Oradour-sur-Glane
This village takes you back to The Second World War. In those days it was gruesomely destroyed by the Germans. When De Gaulle beheld the scene after the war he decided to leave it as it was. A breath-taking throwback to the forties.

Cognac, a Wonderful Place to Stay
If you like cognac, you should certainly visit the renowned cellars of the house of Martel, Hennesy or Otard. In addition, the town also harbours beautiful old streets with stately town houses.

Marais Poitevin, the Green Venice
This magical marshland emanates peace and romance. 100,000 hectares of extensive marshland are intertwined with many waterways and charming villages. You can explore the area by boat, by foot or by bike.

Good Food and Drinks in the Vicinity

Enjoy regional specialties in typical French villages, such as:

  • the eel dish Matelote d’anguilles
  • the Sauce aux Lumas (snails in red wine)
  • the oysters of Marennes Oléron
  • the Chabichou goat cheese
  • the tempting Tourteau Fromager (cheesecake)
  • the Broyé Poitevin (round cake)
  • the Macarons de Montmorillon (almond biscuits)

Have a nice regional drink, such as:

  • Cognac (local brandy)
  • Pineau de Charentes (aperitif with wine and cognac)
  • Country wines from different departments

Book your stay now, and live like a god in France!

Your holiday starts as soon as you get out of the car. The sun is shining high in the sky. The grass invites you to lie down. And the pool is just asking for a refreshing dive. Can you already picture it?

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