Poitou-Charentes Travel Guide

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La Rochelle

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Île de Ré

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43,62,9

Poitiers

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61,212,39

Angoulême

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24,47,21

Cognac

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29,124,12

Parthenay

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12,42,1

Chauvigny

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14,49,0

La Palmyre

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15,21,0

Royan

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22,31,26

Saintes

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4,14,21

Bressuire

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4,6,0

Châtellerault

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4,9,8

Taillebourg

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4,5,0

Jarnac

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3,27,0

Valence

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2,9,21

Saint-Sauvant

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1,5,0

Rochefort

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10,18,5

Charroux

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2,13,0

Lesterps

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0,3,0

Verrières

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2,8,0

Châtelaillon-Plage

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1,4,9

Montendre

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0,2,0

La Roche-Posay

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0,1,8

Rom

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1,5,0

Pons

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0,6,0

Courçon

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Ars-en-Ré

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0,0,1

Niort

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1,7,25

Montguyon

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0,1,0

Mirambeau

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0,0,1

Mérignac

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0,0,19

Mauzé-sur-le-Mignon

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1,4,0

La Flotte

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0,0,5

Trois-Palis

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2,8,0

Saint-Simon

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4,8,0

Saint-Georges-de-Didonne

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0,7,0

La Rochelle

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  • Wonderful seafood, delightful setting

    La Rochelle Restaurants

    My first visit to La Rochelle in October 2013 was like an amuse bouche - a tingling taster, leaving me longing for more.The picturesque City has many pretty restaurants lining the Quays and I was determined to have lunch at one or other. Having strolled up and down the quay area twice, lingering here and there over tantalising menus, I eventually...

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  • Best Western Masqhotel

    La Rochelle Hotels

    This hotel was perfect for our 4-day stay. It is 2 minutes' walk from the station (we arrived by...

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  • Tour de la Lanterne

    La Rochelle Things to Do

    The Lantern Tower (Tour de la Lanterne) is the only medieval lighthouse on the Atlantic Coast that is still standing (1445), the lantern tower contains a remarkable array of graffiti, carved into the walls by the pirates and prisoners that were held here after it was converted to a prison in the 17th century.

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Île de Ré

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  • Fortifications St Martin, Île de Ré

    Île de Ré Things to Do

    Fortifications of the town of St Martin-de Ré. Designed by Master Vauban, whose work we'd already admired at Neuf-Brisach (Alsace), Vezelay &c

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  • Hotel De Toiras

    Île de Ré Hotels

    1 Quai Job Foran 17410 Saint-Martin-De-Re, 17410 S

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Salty marshes products

    Île de Ré Shopping

    The shop is located in the salty marshes area, in Ars en Ré, still in IR. This stall on the picture is dedicated to salty marshes products. Centuries ago, for many years, the area had been the main supplier of salt. Le sel du Ré was not only for local consumption but was amongst common commodities exported to the Nouveau Monde (i.e America, see in...

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Poitiers

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  • Cathedral St. Pierre is lopsided

    Poitiers Things to Do

    When you walk upon Cathedral St. Pierre, you will appreciate its magnitude, its royalty and attention to detail. However if you focus on the details, you may note that sometimes it appears to be a patchwork of various building and styles.For example, the left tower has four short sections while the right tower has three tall sections. And each of...

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  • Ibis Poitiers Futuroscope

    Poitiers Hotels

    Fairly basic hotel even by Ibis standards but if all you want is a stopover to visit Futuroscope...

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  • Handmade quality Umbrellas

    Poitiers Shopping

    Francois Freres is a quality fabricant de parapluies (maker of umbrellas). Being a handmade craft, passed on from artist to apprentice, this store deals solely on the craft of keeping you dry.They make their own umbrellas and may even make custom if you have the patience. They also specialize in repairing umbrellas too if you happen to have one...

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Angoulême

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Cognac

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  • Chocolate and more

    Cognac Shopping

    The shop of the Chocolaterie Letuffe in Cognac is one of three shops they have. The other ones are in Angoulême and Trois-Palis. Trois-Palis is also the place where you find the production of their chocolate & sugar products. You can visit that place and take a tour through the production which is very interesting (see my Trois-Palis page). Their...

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  • Hotel Francois 1er

    Cognac Hotels

    3 Place Francois 1er, Cognac, Poitou-Charentes, 16100, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • The harbour

    Cognac Things to Do

    Cognac lies at the Charente river, and there already was a port in early medieval times. Mainly there was salt trade, and later also wine and Cognac were shipped. The time those goods are transported via boat are over, so today you find many pleasure boats in the harbour. It’s also home of the company Les canalous which rents housesboats.Also you...

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Parthenay

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  • More info

    Parthenay Things to Do

    The castle is at the end of the rocky promontory overlooking a bend in the Thouet, it has a triangular shape and its position made defence easier. It is but an evocative ruin these days, all lodgings have disappeared and there remains only three round towers. To visualize the defence system and the power of the castle it is best to go across the...

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  • Citotel Saint Jacques

    Parthenay Hotels

    13 Avenue Du 114 Eme Ri, Parthenay, 79200, fr

  • Walking around

    Parthenay Things to Do

    Because we'd parked our car outside the old walls we did a reasonable amount of walking and so managed to see some more of the town. Here are the results.

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Chauvigny

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  • An Excellent Lunch

    Chauvigny Restaurants

    We had a lovely lunch at this charming French restaurant.We went with the French tradition of the Menu Du Jour, which was as always a good choice. The French really love their food and take great pride in it, so you can't really go wrong with the Menu Du Jour as well as a 50cl ceuillette of red wine ... just the job.Lunch prices are also good with...

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  • Château d'Harcourt

    Chauvigny Things to Do

    Chauvigny owes much of its fame to important medieval heritage. Perched on a rocky promontory commanding the valleys of the Vienne and Talbat no less than five castles form a fortified foreground, unusual in Europe

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  • Walking the Historic City

    Chauvigny Things to Do

    Chauvigny's old historic center is very small. But it is in my opinion one of the best things about visiting here. I urge you to take an hour or so and simply walk through the small streets and view the cobblestones, the old house facades and picturesque views.There is free parking at the entrance to the old city.

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La Palmyre

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  • The Ocean (1)

    La Palmyre Favorites

    It was a windy and cloudy sunday afternoon when we came to the beach near La Palmyre ... and it was a lot of fun to watch the high waves of the ocean. This is interesting for someone who lives in a country that have no sea. Just have a look at the picture to see the stormy waves of the ocean.

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  • Jogging and more ....

    La Palmyre Sports & Outdoors

    It must be wonderful to go jogging on the beach in the evening (when the sun sets) or in the morning!And in Summer it will be great to go swimming here! I am going back there one day.

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  • Bring some things ....

    La Palmyre What to Pack

    Bring some good shoes (because of the sand) and a warm jacket (because of the wind), when visiting Pointe de la Coubre. Bring a camera with you, when you are as photo-addicted as I am .... :-)) The landscape and staircase is worth to photograph ....

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Royan

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  • The last ray : the green ray !

    Royan Things to Do

    Lors des couchers de soleil sur l'océan (et c'est toujours un spectacle fascinant), il faut être attentif au tout dernier rayon. par grand beau temps, si l'air est clair et limpide, le dernier rayon est vert émeraude !At the time of the sunset on the ocean (and it is always a fascinating spectacle), it is necessary to be attentive to the last ray....

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  • Residence de Rohan

    Royan Hotels

    Parc des Fees, Route de St Palais, Vaux-sur-Mer, Poitou-Charentes, 17640, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Le Rayon Vert ... !

    Royan Favorites

    Lors des couchers de soleil sur l'océan (et c'est toujours un spectacle fascinant), il faut être attentif au tout dernier rayon. Par grand beau temps, si l'air est clair et limpide, le dernier rayon est vert émeraude !At the time of the sunset on the ocean (and it is always a fascinating spectacle), it is necessary to be attentive to the last ray....

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Saintes

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  • Don't know why I'm telling you of this...

    Saintes Restaurants

    A small bistro run by owner-chef and his wife: two small rooms only. The decor is neat and under-stated, yet perfect. Just like the food. It's one of our favourite haunts - which I why I normally don't tell of it. But you need to book.There is a choice of menus, the same prices lunch and evening: from €15.00 to €30.00. Given the quality of the food...

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  • Relais Du Bois Saint Georges

    Saintes Hotels

    Parc Atlantique, Cours Genet, Saintes, Poitou-Char

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • "KEEP ON ROCKING" :Discover the work of...

    Saintes Shopping

    Marie-Christine VEILLON has developped a new concept where FASHION matches with ART. Each new season, she invites a young talent enabling her customers to discover his work. LOOKING for a special MAKE? ASK GOOGLE and immediately discover where in Saintes?

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Bressuire

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  • Public Transport a la france

    Bressuire Transportation

    The local Bus system around Bressuire is pretty reliable and called RDS...You can explore the surrounding tiny towns and discover that the "Pilgrims Path " of Santiago di Compostella is also going not far off that route... closer to Chiche, where on some farm houses you see the very popular "Shell" as stone symbols over doors.Make sure you have...

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  • L'eglise Notre Dame

    Bressuire Things to Do

    The 18.000 inhabitants of Bressuire are proud of the city, with its long history. Over the past years there has been an overwhealming addition of English residents in the surrounding area, so don't be surprised to run into your neighbour from Leeds LOL.The dominating Notre-Dame, with its unique Gothic style nave is one of the very few having passed...

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  • Weekly Farmers Market

    Bressuire Things to Do

    Every week the local farmers of the Charente area come to Bressuire to offer their goods...And what a lovely market it is---- especially when the weather is sunny --- every stall offers loads of tasters yum, so dont' be shy and don't forget to say: Silvousplait (please) & Merci (thanks) ;)

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Châtellerault

  • Le Parc de Blossac

    Châtellerault Things to Do

    There is a small park, with a pond, some park benches and a large monument to the French Revolution. It is public space, but good to sit for a minute, watch the ducks swimming in the pond and have a view of the monument de Gloire de la Revolution Francaise.

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  • Ibis Chatellerault

    Châtellerault Hotels

    10 Avenue Camille Page, BP 323, Chatellerault, Poitou-Charentes, 86100, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Watch out for giant bugs

    Châtellerault Things to Do

    I'm not sure what the reason is, every one I asked could not answer me, but there are several statures and sculptures of large insects spread around the city.They are all in public areas and free for the viewing of every one.I saw a large scorpion, a large beetle, a firefly and a couple other random ones.

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Taillebourg

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  • Keep looking there is a bar here...

    Taillebourg Off The Beaten Path

    Just along the river, behind us in this picture, there is a picturesque walk along the river where a few small bars open for buisness in the summer. If you drive along the side of the river don`t worry, the road narrows but eventualy it joins a main road again.

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  • There isn`t much to do.

    Taillebourg Favorites

    Once here we quickly found that there isn`t much to do except see the ruins, there are a few cafes in the village but the pace of life is slow and the tourism isn`t all bright lights and neon, the old men of the village still sit by the river fishing and the trains run on old tracks thorough the streets.

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  • By boat along the Gironde.

    Taillebourg Transportation

    The mighty Gironde runs across the Charente and through the most famous wine making area in the world, boat trips are reccomended to see this beautiful region and large scenic cruisers stop almost everywhere.

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Jarnac

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  • Jarnac by boat

    Jarnac Transportation

    In Jarnac, you’ll find the boat rental company Le Boat where you can rent houseboats. There’s a long quay to dock boats, and near the lock there’s also a landing place. Just make sure you don’t use the ones directly at the lock!From Jarnac, you can either go upstream up to Angoulême, or downstream to Rochefort at the coast. Note that the locks are...

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  • The islands

    Jarnac Things to Do

    Between Jarnac and Gondeville, the Charente river divides into two branches, forming an island which is called “Ile du Parc”. It’s called like this as here was the park of the castle.Actually there are two islands, a very large one and a smaller one. On that smaller one, there’s a garden next to the lock with flowers and old trees. It’s a nice...

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  • Distillery Courvoisier

    Jarnac Things to Do

    Courvoisier offers guided tours including Cognac tasting and I highly recommend it. There are different tours depending on which Cognac you want to taste, so the price for the visit varies from 9€ (tasting of the VSOP) to 35€ (tasting of three different Cognacs). We had a tour in English as the person who speaks German wasn’t there that day, and it...

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Valence

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  • be amazed by the work of the...

    Valence Favorites

    be amazed by the work of the FACTEUR CHEVAL (cheval = horse) During several years, he built his palace : a mix of Asian Temple, castle, fort he had seen on engravements, books or news papers. The result : a building with a terrace, stairs and statues. As he worked during the day as a postman, he built his Palace partly by night with a candle on...

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  • Hotel de France Valence

    Valence Hotels

    16 boulevard General de Gaulle, Valence, Rhone-Alpes, 26000, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • visit the 'POSTMAN CHEVAL'S...

    Valence Favorites

    visit the 'POSTMAN CHEVAL'S IDEAL PALACE' at Hauterives. During his life, CHEVAL (it is his name) collected stones or shells found on the soil during the mail distribution and brought them at home. After years of gathering, he decided to set up a ... (how I call it) ... 'thing' in his garden in front of his house, using what he had collected and...

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