Map of places to visit in Poitou-Charentes

You can find details of some of the places we suggest you visit near Poitou-Charentes below the map...

 
 

Angles-sur-l'Anglin:

The pretty village of Angles sur l'Anglin and the river setting make this one of our favourite Vienne villages

Angles-sur-l'Anglin guide

Angouleme:

Angouleme is one of our favourite Charente towns, with several interesting historic monuments to see and nice views

Angouleme guide

Ars-en-Re:

Ars-en-Ré is one of the pretty villages to explore on the Ile-de-Ré

Ars-en-Re guide

Aubeterre-sur-Dronne:

The attractive village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is also well known for its imposing troglodyte church

Aubeterre-sur-Dronne guide

 
 

Barbezieux:

Here in the small town of Barbezieux it is the castle that dominates the town, and your visit...

Barbezieux guide

Bayers:

The Chateau de Bayers is the principal monument here, and thers are several other smaller sites of interest

Bayers guide

Brigueuil:

Here in Brigueuil it is the roman style church that is the most interesting highlight for visitors

Brigueuil guide

Brouage:

The town of Brouage is visited for the substantial fortifications and citadel, dating from the Napoleonic era

Brouage guide

Charmant:

Charmant is another pleasant Charente town, with a small castle and a church as well as the source of the river Boeme

Charmant guide

 
 

Chateau de Cherveux:

The Chateau de Cherveux, one of the best preserved 15th century castles in the region, is close to Niort

Chateau de Cherveux guide

Chateau de la Mercerie:

The Chateau de la Mercerie is a manor house with a substantial wing added in the 20th century, and now recently restored

Chateau de la Mercerie guide

Chatelaillon-Plage:

The seaside resort of Chatelaillon-Plage has a long sandy beach and a friendly atmosphere

Chatelaillon-Plage guide

Chatellerault:

The quiet regional town of Chatellerault has some notable 18th century townhouses

Chatellerault guide

Chauvigny:

We especially enjoyed exploring the castles along the hilltop when visiting Chauvigny

Chauvigny guide

Cognac:

Cognac has an extensive old twon and town centre, nice riverside walk and lots of Cognac distilleries. Definitely recommended.

Cognac guide

Confolens:

Confolens has several sites of interest including an ancient bridge and fountain and some medieval houses

Confolens guide

Coulon:

Established since 2000 years agio, Coulon is now a centre for exploring the Marais-Poitevin marshes

Coulon guide

Fouras:

While the beaches are the main highlight here in Fouras, be sure to also visit the Vauban fortifications

Fouras guide

Futuroscope:

Futuroscope is one of the most popular attractions in France!

Futuroscope guide

Ile d'Oleron:

It is usually the beaches that attract visitors to Ile d'Oleron, but allow time to explore the towns as well!

Ile d'Oleron guide

Ile de Re:

The Ile-de-Ré is an island with lots of sandy beaches and some attractive villages. Much loved by cycling families!

Ile de Re guide

Ile-d'Aix:

Ile d'Aix is a small island, explored on foot or by bike, known for its association with Napoleon

Ile-d'Aix guide

Jarnac:

Visitors to Jarnac can explore the small old town, walk along the riverside, and sample the local Cognac!

Jarnac guide

Jonzac:

Best known as a spa town Jonzac also has a small castle and other monuments to discover

Jonzac guide

La Flotte-en-Re:

The village of La Flotte-en-Ré is a pretty village on the Ile-de-Ré

La Flotte-en-Re guide

La Palmyre:

You will find a beach at La Palmyre but it is best known for its very popular zoo

La Palmyre guide

La Roche-Posay:

The castle donjon and the medieval gateway are the main historical monuments in the spa town of La Roche-Posay

La Roche-Posay guide

La Rochefoucauld:

After exploring the Chateau de Rochefoucauld be sure to stroll around the rest of the historic town centre

La Rochefoucauld guide

La Rochelle:

The historic town and monuments and the vibrant harbour area make La Rochelle one of our favourite towns in France

La Rochelle guide

La Tremblade:

Visit the beach and port at La Tremblade, and explore the sand dunes

La Tremblade guide

Marais Poitevin:

The Marais-Poitevin is a region of canals and marshes, an unusual environment best explored by boat

Marais Poitevin guide

Marans:

Marans is a small town with a pretty section along the river in the town

Marans guide

Marthon:

In Marthon there is no single monument that dominates, but rather several small buildings and historic sites of interest

Marthon guide

Melle:

The town of Melle is best known for its three roman style churches, built in the 12th century

Melle guide

Meschers-sur-Gironde:

The beaches and rocky coast attract visitors to Meschers, and you can also see troglodyte cave dwellings

Meschers-sur-Gironde guide

Moncontour, Vienne:

As well as the castle in Moncontour, you will also enjoy the town's leisure lake

Moncontour, Vienne guide

Montmorillon:

Although it is quite a small town, there is a lot to discover in the pretty town of Montmorillon - and bookshops!

Montmorillon guide

Mornac-sur-Seudre:

Not far from Royan the centre of Mornac-sur-Seudre is attractive and very pleasant to stroll around

Mornac-sur-Seudre guide

Mouthiers-sur-Boeme:

The 12th century church in roman style is the principal monument here in Mouthiers-sur-Boeme

Mouthiers-sur-Boeme guide

Nanteuil-en-Vallee:

Here at Nanteuil-en-Vallee it is the Nanteuil Abbey and Treasury that is of most interest to visitors

Nanteuil-en-Vallee guide

Niort:

A typical local town rather than a tourist town, Niort does have a ruined castle and churches of interst

Niort guide

Nouaille-Maupertuis:

Visit Nouaille-Maupertuis to see the substantial Abbey of Saint Junien

Nouaille-Maupertuis guide

Parthenay:

Parthenay is a quiet town, with historic monuments that hint at its importance iver the centuries

Parthenay guide

Poitiers:

Poitiers is a nice town with lots of interesting sights, including the 12th century cathedral

Poitiers guide

Pons:

Pons is a quiet small town overlooked by a castle tower that is a pleasant place for a stroll

Pons guide

Rochefort:

Rochefort is an attractive 18th century town with a famous corderie, where ropes and ships were made

Rochefort guide

Ronce-les-Bains:

Ronce-les-Bains is a long established resort with several beaches nearby, and an important centre for mussel farming

Ronce-les-Bains guide

Royan:

At Royan you will enjoy the beaches and also the promenade along the seafront

Royan guide

Ruffec:

The highlight in the quiet town of Ruffec is the facade of the 12th century church

Ruffec guide

Saint-Germain-de-Confolens:

In the village of Saint-Germain-de-Confolens you can see the substantial ruins of an ancient castle

Saint-Germain-de-Confolens guide

Saint-Jean d'Angely:

The historic centre of Saint-Jean d'Angely has several notable monuments including the abbey church and some medieval houses

Saint-Jean d'Angely guide

Saint-Martin-de-Re:

On the north coast of Ile-de-Ré, the village of Saint-Martin-de-Ré is very pretty and has an attractive port

Saint-Martin-de-Re guide

Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe:

The highlight here is of course the Abbey of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, certainly the best example of roman style architecture anywhere in Poitou-Charentes

Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe guide

Saint-Savinien:

In an attractive setting on the banks of the Charente River, Saint-Savinien also has a few historic sites of interest

Saint-Savinien guide

Saint-Simon:

In the Charente town of Saint-Simon you will enjoy a stroll along the river, and perhps then a boat trip along the river

Saint-Simon guide

Saintes:

The town of Saintes is very interesting, with an extensive old-town to explore and a Roman amphitheatre

Saintes guide

Surgeres:

It is the cluster of monuments in the park in the centre of Surgeres that are the principal attraction in the town

Surgeres guide

Talmont:

Talmont-sur-Gironde is one of the prettiest villages in Charente-Maritime, well known for the imposing roman style church

Talmont guide

Thouars:

Best known for its 17th century castle, in Thouars you can also see several medieval monuments

Thouars guide

Torsac:

Torsac is one of several small but interesting villages to stroll around in Charente

Torsac guide

Tusson:

Tusson is a very typical town of the Charente and has several impressive Renaissance townhouses to admire

Tusson guide

Verteuil-sur-Charente:

At Verteuil-sur-Charente you will enjoy a stroll along the banks of the Charente River and a look at the substantial castle

Verteuil-sur-Charente guide

Villebois-Lavalette:

The village of Villebois-Lavalette is pleasant to explore, and also has a castle to see

Villebois-Lavalette guide