Lots to See and Do...

The local roads are good with links to the motorway system within easy reach. This makes it easy to travel further afield and sample a wide range of attractions, towns and villages.

Beaumont Holiday Cottages - St Jean d'Angely


Further Afield

La Rochelle

Beaumont Holiday Cottages - La Rochelle basinThere is so much to see and do in La Rochelle (about 35 minutes away) that we can’t mention it all. The aquarium is stunning but subject to long queuing. As it is open until 11pm in July and August it can be a good plan to go in the evening and avoid the queues. La Rochelle has the largest marina for pleasure boats in Europe at Les Minimes with slips for about 3,500 boats! The picturesque old harbour, with it's medieval twin towers, is a good place to take a boat trip from to the Île d'Aix and Fort Boyard.


La Palmyre Zoo

Beaumont Holiday Cottages - The zoo at PalmyreAbout 45 minutes away, this, the most famous zoo in France with about 2,000 animals and with over 800,000 visitors a year this zoo is a must.  It has an astonishing record of conservation and the areas where young children can pet the animals are always a very special experience.  The displays by sea lions and by birds are brilliantly done. 


Boat Trips

Beaumont Holiday Cottages - Boat trip at Maillezais, part of the There are many many different boat trips around the islands. For example, the Ile d’Aix can be reached from the Ile d’Oléron (before embarking there is a small train ride through the pine forest to the beach) or from Fouras.This includes going round Fort Boyard, although only TV personalities  are allowed to land. No motorised vehicles are allowed to land on the island but you can walk, cycle or go round the island in a horse-drawn cart. Napoleon spent his last few weeks on the island before going into exile and the Napoleon Museum is well worth a visit. There are numerous sites in the Marais (marshes) where a leisurely boat trip can be undertaken.

Saintes

Beaumont Holiday Cottages - Saintes, the amphitheatreSaintes (25 minutes away) was the centre of Roman occupation and there is a fine ampitheatre which could hold more than 20,000 spectators. The Arch of Germanicus (AD11) was moved in 1843 to make room for the bridge over the Charente and is a fine example of a triumphal arch. Nearby is the Abbé aux Dames, a beautiful set of buildings dating from 1047.



Cognac

Beaumont Holiday Cottages - Cognac, the Hennesy distilleryTo get to Cognac takes about one and a half hours. It is a pretty town with the Charente river winding its way through the town and surrounded by vineyards. Many of the famous firms are still based in the 18th century buildings in which they were founded. Most of the famous names give free guided tours, some including short trips by boat or train, and nearly all with informative presentations. Don’t be tempted to buy from the makers, as you can often get a better price in the supermarket!

Bordeaux

Beaumont Holiday Cottages - GrapesIt takes about one and a half hours to get to Bordeaux, but if you want to look at some of the famous chateaux and perhaps taste and buy fine wine from the lieux de production we will happily lend you a geographical guide to the various chateaux.


Day Trips

For a whole day visit the major attractions of Futuroscope and the Puy du Fou They are both approximately 2 hours drive away. Both sites offer a full daytime and evening programme. www.futuroscope.com | www.puydufou.com.