A view above St Emilion

Things to do

There are a great many things to do in the immediate area and in the wider region that a week or even two is never long enough to get around all of the sites and attractions. From family days out to shopping trips to cycling to more peaceful activities such as fishing and playing boules, there are plenty of things to do.

Of course, there is always the option of lazing the day away by the swimming pool for those who prefer to have less things to do…….


Family activities

There are a great many things for families to do in the surrounding area – fun things for children to do and plenty of family-friendly attractions, events and activities. There are so many fun activities for families to share in Poitou-Charentes that the question is never what to do, but where to start! Read more…


Fresh food markets

Food markets are an essential part of French life, regardless of whether you live here or are a holidaymaker.  Around here, the larger towns all have a market at least once a week, they are held on different days giving the perfect opportunity to visit at least a couple of them.  From the small to the large, there is something quintessentially French about the care and attention to detail in setting up a stall of vegetables, charcuterie or cheeses – it really is a glorious assault on the senses. Read more…


Wine and vineyards

When people think of France, wine is one thing that springs to mind. Bordeaux and Champagne are more commonly known, but Poitou-Charentes is not generally associated with wine production. So it comes as a surprise to some that there are a number of wine producing areas in the region. Read more…


Day trips

Situated in the centre of a triangle between Niort, Poitiers and Bordeaux, Vanzay offers the best of both worlds – the buzz of beautiful historic regional towns and the peaceful pace of rural France. Read more…


Cycling

Cycling round here is fantastic and the lack of traffic makes it just so pleasant. But even when you do see a car the drivers are – nine times out of ten – so careful and accepting. Maybe that’s because cycling is looked upon as being a national sport. Read more…


Walking

Situated in the centre of a triangle between Niort, Poitiers and Bordeaux, Vanzay offers the best of both worlds – the buzz of beautiful historic regional towns and the peaceful pace of rural France. Read more…


Touring

With 600,000 miles of well-maintained roads, including 5,800 miles of super-highways, France has one of Europe’s most extensive road networks, but with a population a little over that of Britain, at 61 million, much more space for driving. Read more…


Beaches and swimming

The beaches of the Atlantic coast are only 90 minutes drive away and provide vast, uncrowded sandy beaches for swimming, kite surfing and many other activities. Read more…


Event diary

To see what is going on when you are here, or to help you to decide when to come, we’ve compiled a schedule of some of the events that run throughout the year in the region. Read more…


More things to do

There are so many things to do in the region that you may not fit them all into your holiday and so here are just a few more of them for you to include in your itinerary. Read more…