On the river Vienne you can make a lovely canoe excursion, in a canoe for two peersons or in a kayak for one person. The Vienne has nice rapids which make the excursion exciting. At the end you will be picked up to go back to the campsite.
Thirty kilometres from the campsite you will find Oradour sur Glâne. A village which was destroyed by the Waffen SS near the end of the Second World War. The Germans had made a mistake, confusing the names of several villages It is definitely worth the effort to make the trip as you will walk through the preserved village, left entirely as it was on the day of the attack which destroyed it. There is a small museum where you can get more information and you can walk through the ruins; for some, it can be a deeply emotional experience. Click here for the website of Oradour.
Little swimming lake
Not far away from the campsite, 6 kilometres. is a little swimming lake with a real sandy beach. In the summer months there is also a snack bar where you can buy ice cream, chips and sandwiches. It is even possible to rent a pedalo and sail on the lake.
For sport oriented people there is a large climbing parc in the neighbourhood of Limoges 40 km from the campsite. Twenty kilometers away is an other smaller park, where you can play and climb in the tree tops. This is at the nearby village of Massignac where there is a Tourist Office with a lot of information to interest visitors to the area.
Lacs of the Haute Charente
The Lakes of the High Charente, where you must visit at least once. Heavenly swimming in natural water with surveillance, sunbathing on the beach, pedalos, beautiful walks around the lakes, clearly marked cycle routes, you can surf and sail. Especially in the summer, really a place to be!
Further away, but still in the Charente close to the town of Poitiers, there is the Futuroscope attraction park. Like the name says, it is focussed on the future. Lasershows on the water, imposing attractions about Space and many more scientific exhibits. It will be a nice day-out. Click here for their website.
Small Lourdes in Saint Auvent
A place of pilgrimage in Saint Auvent, cool between the trees upon a hill. A rippling creek flows along the hiking path which shows the Via Dolorasa of Christ. Different sculptures are in the forest and there is a small church and a bell you can toll. At the end of the path is a sculpture of Notre Dame Fatima.
The city of cartoons, that is Angoulême. On the walls of the houses and other buildings you find many characters of cartoons. And there is a lovely old downtown with small cafes and restaurants and, sometimes live music. Really worth the effort.
In September each year there is the Rally of The Ramparts, where dozens of vintage and classic racing cars race around the city walls. There is also a static display of historic and classic cars in the streets of the old town. A fantastic event for a sunny weekend in September.
France’s most beautiful railway station is in Limoges. Besides the station, Limoges is also well-known for its china and porcelain. Limoges is easy to reach thanks to the new motorway (N141)
Therms of Chassenon
These therms have been preserved from the Gallo-Romans period. A nice trip 12 km from the campsite, to go back in the time in this archaeology park.
In Roumazières, 6 km from the campsite is the possibility to rent a family ‘bike’. You cycle all together in soecially made 6/8 seater ‘bikes’ on a preserved railway through the Charente countryside. Click here for their website.
Confolens and Saint Germain de Confolens
Typically French, little alleyways, beautifull bridges, nice restaurants in characteristic French villages. Also the river Vienne flows through those villages.
Every year in Confolens is organised the ‘Festival de Confolens’ and in St Germain de Confolens, in the ruins of the castle, they give spactacular shows with birds of prey
Vallée des singes
A zoo park for monkeys. One hour by car will take you to this park in Romagne. Take care of the rogue monkeys that they don’t pinch your sandwiches or cameras etc! Look here for more information about this monkeypark.
Castels: Rochechouart, Rochebrune, Peyras, Rochefoucauld
There are many castles to visit in the Charente, inside and outside. Each with its own history and the owners like to tell you all about it.
An idyllic village where you can see the old skills and life as it was in the past. There is among other things a school and a cobbler’s shop to show you the life from a century ago. You can visit this village for free.
The French markets are always worth the effort. There are many ‘marchés de producteurs’ on different days in the week in different villages. The local producers sell their cheeses, wine and all other things that French people eat. Every Wednesday morning there is a very big market in Piégut (40 km), and people who like markets should not miss this!
An attraction park for the whole family, half an hour by car from the campsite. Bouncing castles, botanical gardens, expositions, large scale models, games for each age. You don’t have to annoying you! Click here for a look on their site.
Walking and biking
The surroundings of the Charente offer you a lot to walk and to bicycle. On the campsite we have many route-cards for different levels. There is even a bicycle route belonging to the campsite.
In the river Vienne you can fish. Licences are available in different shops in the vicinity. You can find many sorts of fish in the Vienne.