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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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.

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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,..

  • 12 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 ..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 Grand Théâtre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Comédie F - 33025 Bordeaux

    Built from 1773 to 1780 by architect Victor Louis in pure neo-Classical style, this is one of the most beautiful theatres in France. The refined interior staircase inspired Garnier for his Opéra de Paris. The auditorium is made up of pillars, ramps, ..

  • 15 Musée d'Aquitaine Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    20 cours Pasteur F - 33000 Bordeaux

    Housed in the faculty of literature and science's old building, this museum traces mankind's history in Aquitaine from prehistory to the present day through extensive collections displayed over two floors. The section devoted to Bordeaux's Golden Age..

  • 16 Cordouan Lighthouse Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 33123 Le Verdon-sur-Mer

    Its Renaissance storeys separated by a balustrade from a Classical upper section give the lighthouse (67.5m) an impression of durability. A postern leads to a circular bastion protecting the building from the pounding ocean (it was here that the keep..

  • 17 Museum of Fine Arts Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Pl. du Dr-Esquirol F - 47000 Agen

    An attractive backdrop for this museum, located in four 16C-17C residences (Estrades, Vaurs, Vergès and Monluc): medieval art (a 16C Brussels tapestry entitled The Month of March); archaeological items include the jewel of the collection, a 1C BC Gre..

  • 18 Bonaguil Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 47500 St-Front-sur-Lemance

    This astounding fortress, which rises on the borders of the Perigord Noir and of Quercy, is one of the most perfect examples of late 15C and 16C military architecture. Its particular feature is that under the appearance of a traditional castles, it p..

  • 19 Musée Bonnat Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    5 r. Jacques-Laffitte F - 64100 Bayonne

    The building was designed in 1897 to house the collection and artwork of Bayonne artist Léon Bonnat (1833-1922), who made his fortune painting portraits of the upper classes of his day. The collections (13C-19C) are arranged thematically, blending th..

  • 20 Pau Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. du Château F - 64000 Pau

    Towering above the mountain stream, this castle built by Gaston Fébus in the 14C was transformed into a Renaissance palace by Marguerite d'Angoulême and took on its current appearance during the 19C, in the time of Louis-Philippe and Napoléon III. Th..

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