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STIMULATION

Culture or Adrenalin or both?

For those who can’t simply sunbathe by the pool, there is a variety of options to keep either your body or your brain stimulated. From opera to theme parks, blues to the châteaux of the Loire, wine tasting, riding, fishing, flying, bowling or even just live music in the local village ....

Puy du Fou


At this theme park periods of history are brought to life in shows of epic proportions. A rural setting and no rides, but the most visited park in France after Eurodisney. Gladiators battle and charioteers race in a Roman stadium; Vikings rise miraculously out of a lake on a longship, then ransack a village…  ‘Remember the opening show for the Olympics? Well, I'm not exaggerating when I say you can expect something as mind-blowing’….more

Le Puy du Fou

85590 Les Epesses

Puy du Fou coliseum

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Distance:

100 km

Driving time:

1 hr 30 min

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Tel:  08 20 09 10 10

Adults from 50 euros

Futuroscope


This spectacular amusement park attracts approximately one and a half million visitors every year! It offers a glimpse into the future with three and four-dimensional simulations and spectacular shows including lighting effects, laser shows and projections. High-adrenaline rides with fantastic effects include The Little Prince, Arthur the 4D Adventure, Dancing with Robots… more

Avenue René Monory

86360 Chasseneuil

Futuroscope from the air

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Distance:

40 km

Driving time:

40 minutes

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Tel:  05 49 49 59 06

Adults from 39 euros

At particular times of the year there are annual events such as Opera, Blues and even a bird festival.  At other times, there’s still plenty to see...

Within  easy reach there is  riding (be a groom for a day), or canoeing and fishing. Plus for the less energetic, karting or bowling…

Interested in wine? The Haut-Poitou vineyards are nearby, or how about a day trip to Cognac or the famous wines of the Loire valley…  

How about a trial flight from Poitiers airport, karting, or sit in a medieval setting while birds of prey fly and brush past you…

Adrenalin

THEME PARKS - try something different with two of the best European theme parks located within reach

La Vallée des Singes


In this French version of Apenheul, a total of three hundred and fifty apes roam around freely. They include Chimpanzees, Mandrils, Cebus monkeys, squirrel monkeys and more, plus the largest gorilla family in France consisting of 11 animals


Well worth a visit to stand literally within touching distance of many of these animals.

Le Gureau

86700 Romagne

Vallée des Singes chimpanzee

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Distance:

55 km

Driving time:

55 min

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Tel:  05 49 87 20 20

Adults 19 euros

La Planète des Crocodiles


La Planète des Crocodiles is a 5000 m² zoological and botanical park where the animals reside in an environment that has been created to be as similar as possible to their natural habitat.


There are over 200 animals across 9 species of crocodile and 3 species of tortoise.

Route du Fond d'Orveau

86320 Civaux

Planète des crocodiles dome

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Distance:

75 km

Driving time:

1 hour

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Tel:  05 49 91 80 00

Adults 12 euros

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ADRENALIN - activities to get your heart pumping

Flying - Aéroclubs de Poitiers, du Poitou


Poitiers Airport, into which you may have flown to get to Poitou-Charentes, also has a number of flying clubs that offer 30 minute powered flight baptisms (baptêmes de l’air - trial flights) at very reasonable rates - for example as little as 25 euros each with 3 people flying. Or if you are a private pilot, why not hire an aircraft yourself! Head west to Les Forges and take some aerial photos!

Aéroport de Poitiers-Biard

86580 Biard

Entrance to Poitiers Airport

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Distance:

33 km

Driving time:

35 minutes

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Tel:  05 49 58 22 14

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Karting - 1 - Rouillé


Fancy trying petrol powered karting?  After a briefing session, take on your family, friends and others to try and beat the season’s best time and get your name on the board.  Careful of those tight turns though, you don’t want to be careering off the track and into the piles of used tyres !  Other possibilities at this location - quad bikes, paintball, even rally-cross for adults.

30 Rue Impériale

86480 Rouillé

86580 Biard

Rouillé karting at night

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Distance:

22 km

Driving time:

25 minutes

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Tel:  05 49 43 55 54

Adults from 14 euros

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Karting - 2 - Migné-Auxances


Not far from Poitiers Airport, is the Poitiers Kart Centre.


Open Wed to Sunday and every day in July and August as well as being floodlit for evening racing, it’s an ideal place for adults and children alike to go karting. Check times for different ages. Prices from 16 euros (adults) for ten minutes on the track.  May be have a go on the way back from sightseeing in Poitiers?

38 avenue de la Loge

86440 Migné-Auxances

Karting - Start of the race

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Distance:

35 km

Driving time:

35 minutes

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Tel:  05 49 51 23 71

Adults from 16 euros

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Hot Air Ballooning (Montgolfière)


A different kind of flying that is more tranquil and relaxed but stil exhilirating. Based near the town of Châtellerault just north of Poitiers, the Montgolfière Centre Atlantique family run hot air ballooning business offers you the opportunity to float serenly over the region.  Also often organised from the Château de Curzay which is only 20 minutes from the Les Forges.  Why not fly and then dine ?

10 rue du Châtellerault

86540 Thuré

Balloon over Châtellerault

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Distance:

57 km

Driving time:

1 hour

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Tel:  05 49 90 53 25

From 129 euros (child)

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Chauvigny - The giants of the sky (Géants du Ciel)


The lovely medieval town of Chauvigny is worth a trip in its own right, but the birds of prey show at the ruined château on the hill stands out as a reason to visit.  A range of exotic birds fly inches from the audience’s heads to get your pulse racing.


Visit the spectacle and town in its own right, or double up with a visit to St Savin, or golf and relaxation at La Roche-Posay.  

Château des Evèques

86300 Chauvigny

Owl - Géants du Ciel

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Distance:

65 km

Driving time:

1 hour

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Tel:  05 49 46 47 48

Adults from 12 euros

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