Poitou-Charentes Travel Guide

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La Rochelle

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101,245,48

Poitiers

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61,212,39

Cognac

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29,124,12

Angoulême

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25,54,21

Île de Ré

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43,62,9

Parthenay

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12,42,1

Bressuire

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4,6,0

Chauvigny

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14,49,0

Châtellerault

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4,9,8

Valence

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2,9,21

Trois-Palis

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2,8,0

Royan

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22,31,26

Saintes

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6,25,21

Rochefort

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10,18,5

La Palmyre

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15,21,0

Toulon

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0,0,1

Taillebourg

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4,5,0

Saint-Savin

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4,24,0

Saint-Sauvant

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1,5,0

Saint-Palais-sur-Mer

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2,2,2

Charroux

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2,13,0

Bourg-Charente

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0,3,0

Niort

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1,7,25

Montguyon

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0,1,0

Mirambeau

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0,0,1

Melle

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1,2,0

Le Vigeant

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1,8,1

Lesterps

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0,3,0

La Rochefoucauld

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3,13,0

Esse

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1,0,0

La Rochelle

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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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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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Angoulême

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  • A very special restaurant

    Angoulême Restaurants

    This place is actually rather more than just a restaurant. It is a beautiful building on the edge of a lake where you can stay as well as eat.My dad took us there for a special Christmas Eve meal and it was absolutely wonderful.They are also aware of Coeliac disease and were able to provide some delicious gluten free food, and bread, for me and my...

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  • Mercure Angouleme Hl France 3m

    Angoulême Hotels

    1 Place Des Halles, 16000 Angouleme

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Excellent Restaurant

    Angoulême Restaurants

    Lovely restaurant with great food, nice decor and lots of space.A favourite of ours and of my parents who visit here often. Everything that I've had here has been good.We often have the oysters and the fish soup (not at the same time!) - yum!And I always enjoy the 'Cafe Gourmond' - which is a small coffee and three tiny deserts - perfect!

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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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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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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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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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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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  • Etap Hotel Chatellerault

    Châtellerault Hotels

    ZI Nord Secteur Est, Allee d'Argenson, RN 10, Chatellerault, 86103, France

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

  • 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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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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  • Atrium Hotel

    Valence Hotels

    20 rue Jean-Louis Barrault, Valence, Rhone-Alpes, 26000, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • 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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Trois-Palis

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  • Church Notre-Dame

    Trois-Palis Things to Do

    The little church Notre-Dame of Trois-Palis is a Roman church from the 12th century, with some adjustments that were done during the centuries afterwards. In that region, you find many such churches from the 12th and 13th century. A nice sight here is the belfry with its two levels.

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  • Chocolaterie Letuffe

    Trois-Palis Things to Do

    The chocolate factory Letuffe is a sight not to be missed! We got a free guided tour and were greeted with some chocolate to taste – and had the opportunity to taste several other things during the visit which was great! First, we went into another building where we could see a film about the production of their chocolate and sugar products. We got...

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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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  • A Nice Evening

    Saintes Restaurants

    After parking the car alongside the river by the town bridge (free parking after 7 pm) we decided on finding somewhere for an evening meal,and as this restaurant seemed very popular we thought it a good choice.Upon entering we were welcomed by a friendly member of staff who showed us to our table on the first floor.This is a large restaurant,nicely...

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  • Relais Du Bois Saint Georges

    Saintes Hotels

    Parc Atlantique, Cours Genet, Saintes, Poitou-Char

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • 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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Rochefort

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  • les Demoiselles de Rochefort

    Rochefort Favorites

    Are you a fan of this 1960's cult film; and do you want to see the places that were used as settings for the film?Then do visit Rochefort - and download the iPhone/iPad/smartphone app showing the sites of Rochefort (Visit Rochefort Ocean). Not only does this show you where the various film sequences were shot, it offers extracts from the film,...

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  • Citotel Hotel De France

    Rochefort Hotels

    55 rue du Dr Peletier, Rochefort, 17300, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • iPhone/iPad guide to Rochefort

    Rochefort Favorites

    When you visit Rochefort you can now download a free (note, free) iPhone/iPad app. It lists some 75 major sites and is accompanied by text, film, photos and representations of the ancient town and around.If you don't have an iPhone/iPad you can rent a pre-loaded iPhone from the Tourist Office in town, or at the "transbordeur" (see below).As well as...

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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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