Why choose the Deux-Sevres, Pointou-Charentes for your holiday? As well as having lots of things to do and tourist attractions the area south of the Loire is reckoned to have the most sunshine hours a year in
France outside of the Mediterranean. Another reason is it is rightly noted for it’s aperitif Pineau and excellent local Wine from the Haut Poitou area just south of the Loire Valley – quality wine at good prices.
Local delicacies include many cheeses, honey, butter and snails. It is a joy to explore because it is a relatively undiscovered traditional rural area of France. It is a place to unwind and recharge your batteries; travel
quiet roads to discover quaint villages and hamlets, historic towns and traditional markets. Visit the abundant examples of imposing well preserved ancien architecture such as Romanesque Churches, Chateaux
and Museums such as the Medieval Quarter in Parthenay; Poitiers 20 mins away has 3 trails to follow on foot around the city.
If you fancy being more active there are local walks, cycling around the quiet lanes or along the Valley of the River Thouret, horse riding and more nearby. We have a golf course 45 minutes away at Vasles. For the fishing
enthusiast there is Pescalis, the first international nature and fishing centre in Europe or enjoy fishing/sailing at one of the local lakes or rivers.
South west of Niort is the Marais Poitevin (Green Venice) – 900 miles of marshes woodland and waterways. Hire a boat to punt yourself or hire
someone to do it for you from the pretty village Coulon and enjoy the scenery, wildlife and tranquility.
The area boasts lots of places to take the family including Futuroscope and Puy du Fou, a theme park both regarded as one the best in Europe. Nearby zoos and animal parks include The Valley of the Monkeys, The Crocodile Park and Snake Island.
La Rochelle, one of the prettiest harbors in France has a maze of cloistered streets, excellent eating places, a Maritime Museum and an Aquarium which are house on historic ships. Cross the causeway to the Lie de Re –
well known for it’s sandy beaches and pretty ports.
FETES and FESTIVALS
Late June GRAND PRIX AUTOMOBILE HISTORIQUE On track around the centre of Bressure
Early July FETE DE PLAY FLIP – the largest play festival in France covering the centre of Parthenay
July Terre de Dance – Dance, Arts Festval at Bressure area
July Music & Dance of the World(Musiques et danses du mond
14th July National Fete Day – Spectacular firework display in Parthenay set against the Chateau walls
July -August De Bouche et Oreille at Parthenay (The Mouth and Ear) Music Festival
Early August Les soirees de Sanxay:- International cast perform the opera in gallo- roman amphitheatre.
August Les murs ont des oreilles (The Walls have Ears) at Airvault