The most beautiful visits

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In 2015, Charente-Maritime was the “French’s favorite destination” (except Paris)!

We are so happy and proud of this award that we would like to share with you — ideally convey our love for this department — places to visit and walks near our lodges.

La Rochelle: a thousand-year-old city, with a rich historical and urban heritage, La Rochelle has become the most important city between the estuary of the Loire river and the Gironde estuary (official website of the city).

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Île de Ré: 10 typical and welcoming villages with a prestigious heritage due to the adventures of History… Narrow and winding alleys surrounded with hollyhocks, and family beaches hidden behind the pines have to be discovered ideally by bikes for an absolute dive in the life of the islanders (official website of the island).

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Châtelaillon-Plage: a seaside city with 3.5km beach, a set up for a pleasant day your feet in water… (official website of the city).

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ÃŽle d’Oléron: between land and sea, Marennes-Oléron country offers all its richness through its many activities and leisures (official website of the island).

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Maritime discoveries:
• A typical monument of the region, Fort Boyard, stands halfway between Aix and Oléron islands (more information about schedules and rates of the cruises click here).
• The Aquarium of La Rochelle makes you dream and understand the sea and its mysteries for 2 hours (official website of the Aquarium).
• The Corderie Royale, invites you to relieve the History of this rope-making  factory, that looks like a palace (official website of the Museum).

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Leisure parks:
• At 1h30 from the Lodges, Le Futuroscope is an amusement park for both young and old: thrills, discoveries, fun and amazing shows (official website of the Park).
• At 1h30 from the Lodges, Le Puy du Fou, elected twice for best amusement park in the world, teaches History thanks to its numerous shows (official website of Le Puy du Fou).
• In the heart of a 18-hectare forest, Le Zoo de La Palmyre is one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Charente-Maritime. Every year, 700,000 visitors rush to contemplate more than 1,600 mammals, birds and reptiles, representing 115 different species (official webiste of Le Zoo de La Palmyre).

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Green walks:
• The Venise Verte promises relaxation, change of scenery, calm, tranquility and authenticity of landscape, richness of its flora and magic fire on the water in a traditional boat  (website of the marsh).
• At 5 min from the Lodges, the Frace d’Aigrefeuille lake welcomes you for a walk along the water or for activities such as fishing, “petanque” or a mountain bike race (website).
• At 20 meters from the Lodges — not to say right next door — the Etang de Saint Christophe allows young children and the older ones to have fun on the multisports field and the bigger ones to fish in the water.

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Historical visits:
• With children, the château fort of Saint Jean d’Angle proposes disguises to hang out in the castle as in medieval times (official website of the castle).
• Le château de la Gataudière offers a wide range of sport activities such as tree-climbing, paintball, quad, pedal go-karting, extreme jumping, bubblefoot and a labyrinth for the younger ones (official website of the castle).
• Le château de Buzay represents the balance of the universal artistic reference of the 18th century that you can visit (official website of the castle).

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Sporting activities:
• Vertig’O Park in La Jarne offers activities: tree-climbing, zip lining, lasertag, mini-golf, orienteering race, archery gon in a family atmosphere (for more information, click here).
• Come over and take a golf lesson at La Jarne (official website of Golf La Rochelle Sud).
• The equestrian center of La Jarne welcomes you on a 7-hectare site (website of La Jarne).

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