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  • 1 Puy du Fou Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    D27 F - 85590 Les Epesses

    A more effective trip back in time than any epic movie, the enchanting, beautiful estate of Puy de Fou (composed of 50ha of woodland) is the backdrop for historical shows featuring incredible special effects. Covering the years 1000 to 1900, several ..

  • 2 Zoo de La Palmyre Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    6 av. de Royan F - 17570 La Palmyre

    This 33-acre zoo is set in the magnificent forests and dunes of La Palmyre. A marked trail, dotted with lakes and ponds, takes visitors past some 1 600 animals from every corner of the globe. Carnivores live next to small pandas and suricates. Parrot..

  • 3 Basque and Bayonne History Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    37 quai des Corsaires F - 64100 Bayonne

    The museum (Musee basque et de l'histoire de Bayonne) is located in the Maison Dagourette, a 17C townhouse which is also a historic monument. The up-to-the-minute displays highlight its rich ethnographic collections devoted to Basque culture and life..

  • 4 La Rhune Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 64310 Ascain

    La Rhune (in Basque larrun means good pasture land) is regarded as the symbol of the French Basque country. From the summit (900m) of the frontier-mountain there is a superb panorama over the ocean, the Landes Forest, the Basque Pyrenees and, southwa..

  • 5 Cinescenie Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    F - 85590 Les Épesses

    The rear terrace of the Château du Puy du Fou overlooks a huge lake and 23 hectares which are the stage for the grandiose Cinéscénie sound-and-light show. The epic spectacle, with music by Nick Glennie Smith, is run and performed by an organisation t..

  • 6 Futuroscope Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    A10 F - 86000 Poitiers

    In the Futuroscope you can fly, fall and even leave the solar system without getting out of your chair, thanks to the digital technology that takes you into the fourth dimension where science and simulations come together to give you a taste of the f..

  • 7 Cognac Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    48 bd Denfert-Rochereau F - 16100 Cognac

    Partly occupying the Perrin de Boussac residence (1567) on one side and abutting the 17C ramparts on the other, this resolutely contemporary facility houses a remarkable museum dedicated to cognac and its history. 1 200m 2 of exhibits provide a fasci..

  • 8 Baths of Chassenon Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    F - 16150 Chassenon

    Covering 12 000m, the baths of Chassenon are the most important surviving examples from Roman Gaul. Beyond the cold and tepid rooms, the hot pools, still showing their original tiles in places are particularly impressive, as is the ingenious hypocaus..

  • 9 Église St Jean - Underground church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. Saint-Jean F - 16390 Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

    Hewn from a single block of rock, this is France's highest monolithic church. Those excavating it in the limestone in the 12C were able to incorporate earlier caves used by the first Christian worshippers. The present church was undoubtedly built to ..

  • 10 La Grande Côte Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 17200 Royan

    Leave the car at the point where the D25 from Royan ceases to follow the coastline and head into the woods to access a stony platform. The Gironde, Grave Point, Cordouan Lighthouse, Coubre Point and its lighthouse make for an impressive panorama. To ..

  • 11 Church of Saint Pierre d'Aulnay Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Avenue de l'Eglise F - 17470 Aulnay

    The Church of St Pierre cuts a solitary figure, rising among the cypresses of its old graveyard. A Unesco World Heritage site, this masterpiece of Poitou Romanesque built of warm-hued stone stands near the village of Aulnay-de-Saintonge. Noteworthy f..

  • 12 Tumulus de Bougon Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    F - 79800 Bougon

    One of Europe's earliest necropolises, Neolithic people erected these funerary monuments some 2 000 years prior to the building of the pyramids. Running around the five well-preserved Bougon tumuli and the remains of a Cistercian priory, the museum h..

  • 13 La Chabotterie Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    D18 F - 85260 Saint-Sulpice-le-Verdon

    Discover the simple pleasures of an 18C Bas-Poitou dwelling, named after the estate's owners from the 12C onwards, the Chabots, and hiding place of leading Royalist François Athanase de Charette de la Contrie, or "Charette", whose capture o..

  • 14 Ossau Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 64000 Pau

    The Ossau Valley was once known as Ursialensis vallis, or ''Bear Vallley''. It stretches out for 70km from Pau to Laruns (lower Ossau). The valley is dotted with a multitude of medieval-looking villages, including Bielle, with its 15C and 16C houses,..

  • 15 Aspe Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 64400 Oloron-Sainte-Marie

    The Aspe Valley is accessible from Oloron (N 134) and stretches all the way to the Col de Somport. This rugged mountain valley personifies the harmony of a well-preserved natural environment, thanks to its forests where the few remaining bears are pr..

  • 16 International Cartoon Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    121 r. de Bordeaux F - 16000 Angoulême

    The International Cartoon Museum (cibdi) is comprised of two sites on either side of the Charente River, connected by a passageway decorated with a statue of Corto Maltese. One has a library - a true shrine to cartoons - which contains nearly all the..

  • 17 Château de la Rochefoucauld Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 16110 La Rochefoucauld

    The castle, largely remodelled in the 16C, still belongs to the illustrious La Rochefoucauld family. The arcades around the magnificent main courtyard evoke Renaissance Italy. Note the spiral staircase and elegant vaulting, as well as Marguerite of A..

  • 18 Old Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 16000 Angoulême

    Angoulême's Old Town is best explored by walking all the way around it. The North is crisscrossed by narrow streets, whereas the South is broken up by spacious roads lined with aristocratic façades. While strolling through the area, head towards Sain..

  • 19 Corderie Royale Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Jardin de la Marine F - 17300 Rochefort

    Built by Colbert in 1666, the building is anchored on a timber form comprised of a grid of oak beams. A rare example of 17C industrial architecture, this classical building was the assembly point for rope used on the great warships. The advent of ste..

  • 20 Old Quarter Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de la Ferté F - 17000 La Rochelle

    The dwellings around the Town Hall, Rue des Merciers and Rue du Palais were built with two ways out; on the ground floor they have a large room often converted into a shop, then an interior courtyard with staircase and gallery; on the first floor a d..

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