COUDRAY-SALBART and CHERVEUX Castles.
One of the last English and Scottish castles built on French soil with secret walkways inside the walls.
MAILLEZAIS Abbey and Gardens.
The Norman & Gothic ruins come alive with day theatres and amazing evening Son et Lumiere shows.
Stone Age BOUGON & the Roman city of SAINTES.
Bougon’s burial mounds pre-date the pyramids. SAINTES’ Massive Roman Archway and its huge arena.
OLERON island and BROUAGE.
On the way to Oleron, visit the fortified Salt City of BROUAGE and ROCHEFORT's Maritime Museum.
Mid May..Angelica Festival.BESSINES
Folk dancing, local delicaties, vintage cars and crafts.
Biannual Harvest Festival, Nieul sur l'Autise.
21st June..National Music Festival Day, NIORT.
Coulon Fancy dress Canoë Rally,Sat 19th June.
July.. Festivals Galore .
Floating Market, Sat 17th July.Le Vanneau-Irleau.
Painting Festival, Sat 17th-Sun 18th July.Magné.
Floral Boats Festival, Sun 29th July. St Maxire.
August...Car Boot Sales
La Garette lots of fun in the streets of this picturesque riverside village.
Coulon Many antiques and bargains on the Autremont car Park.
The MECHANICAL ELEPHANT
HUGE, 5 TIMES LARGER than a real life ELEPHANT this marvel walks along the quayside of NANTES old dock yard. You can hardly believe your eyes! 50 passengers can take an elevated ride on this 36 feet high giant automaton made out of 50 tons of steel, wood and leather. You can enjoy the breathtaking view of the banks of the Loire, while the pachiderm stomps, trumpets and sprays passers by with water from its trunk. One of the truly AMASING CREATURES born in the new high tech workshops which recently produced a 26 million euros DRAGON for CALAIS.