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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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 ..

  • 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 Château de Roquetaillade Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 33210 Mazères

    This medieval castle was built in 1306 by Cardinal Gaillard de la Mothe, Pope Clement V's nephew. It formed one of a pair of 12C-14C fortresses behind a single set of walls. From 1866, Viollet-le-Duc restored and remodelled the building; note the ext..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 Natural History Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    28 r. Albert-1er F - 17000 La Rochelle

    Situated at the entrance to the Jardin des Plantes, the museum is set up in two buildings which face each another. The Lafaille Museum is home to the Lafaille exhibition which includes an amazing coquillier, as well as Clément de Lafaille's furniture..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 Grande Rue des Merciers Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grande-Rue des Merciers F - 17000 La Rochelle

    This very busy street is one of the most typical of La Rochelle, with its many galleries and 16C and 17C houses. Half-timbered medieval houses covered with slate alternate with Renaissance buildings sporting fantastic sculpted gargoyles.

  • 14 Aquarium Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    quai Louis-Prunier F - 17000 La Rochelle

    The La Rochelle Aquarium, a large vessel made of wood and glass, presents over 10,000 marine creatures from the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the Pacific in an original way, and its 65 pools recreate the environments of the species a..

  • 15 Old Port Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    cours des Dames F - 17000 La Rochelle

    Situated at the end of a narrow bay, the old port is made up of the port entry, the beaching basin or Old Port, the small basin where yachts are moored, and the trawler basin. It is certainly the most well-known view of La Rochelle with its two tower..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 Hermione Reconstruction Shipyard Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    pl. de l'Am.-Dupont F - 17300 Rochefort

    Since 1997 craftsmen have been reconstructing a replica of Hermione, Lafayette's famous ''12-pounder frigate''. One of the shipyard's dry docks was restored to work on the 45m three-masted vessel. At the reconstruction site you will learn all about t..

  • 18 Brouage Ramparts Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 17320 Brouage

    The Brouage Ramparts, built between 1630 and 1640, are an excellent example of the art of fortifications before Vauban. Forming a square with sides 400m long, they are protected by seven bastions equipped with bartizans. The North side faced the sea,..

  • 19 Poitevin Marsh Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 17000 La Rochelle

    The aquatic and plant world of the Poitevin Marsh resembles a huge maze of waterways and paths. A boat ride will take you gliding over the green water of the Wet Marsh, nicknamed the Green Venice, starting from Coulon, Le Vanneau, Damvix, Maillezais ..

  • 20 Château de Cazeneuve Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 33730 Préchac

    The courses of the Ciron and Homburens meet discreetly under trees right by the château, just as beautiful Margot and her gallants used to do in the past. The seat of the lords of Albret, it became property in 1572 of Henri III of Navarre, the future..

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