Day Trips: Charente-Maritime

Le Jardin de la Couture
Private garden open to the public, growing plants, flowers and organic fruits and vegetables. At St-Jean-dAngle (17) Contact Agnes Giraudeau
Island trips from La Rochelle
Several day trips available by boat to Island of Aix, Fort Boyard, Isle de Re and Isle dOleron. Times vary due to weather and tides.
Chateau Feodal de St-Jean-dAngle
12th century castle at St-Jean-dAngle, now a private house but open to the public for visits. Contact Agnes Giraudeau.
Domaine de Chateau Guynot
Free guided tour and tasting in an 18th century arched cellar at Tesson(17). Open 7 days a week all through the year.
Chateau de Crazannes
Historic chateau with large park, chapel and pigeonnier. Open 28 March to 24 September. 14:30-18:30. At Crazannes.
Marais de la Rochelle
Ancient salt marshes, a site of natural interest. Wheelchair access. Situated on the outskirts of the town.
Chateau de Panloy
Guided tour through the chateau: the hunting gallery with its 80 trophies, the drawing room decorated with tapestries from Beauvais and original furniture, the dining room with Louis XV panelling and table set with Saint-Louis crystal. In Port dAnvaux.
Adventure Park
Facing the sea, childrens circuit (from 4 years old). Adults circuit (130m of zip wires). Group leaders, free access. Picnic area. Direction Thalassotherapie, plage de Gatseau. At St Trojan, Ile dOleron.
Fontdouce Abbey
Behind a 19th century typical Charentais manor, visit several rooms dating back to 12th and 13th centuries, as well as the beautiful gothic chapter house, the gothic parlour and the impressive ruins of the abbey-church. At St Bris des Bois (17).
Zoo de la Palmyre
Zooalogical park with a large range of animals on display. At Les Mathes (17).
Discover the Saintonge
Website showing heritages in Saintonge including Romanesque churches and details of sculptures and others heritage sites of interest. English speaking contact: Alain Deliquet, at 48 rue Leon Nicolle, Les Mathes (17).
Le Cep Enchante
Visit a vineyard day and night. Discover the vine-growers labour. A game, points of visits, sceneries, lightenings, comments and special effects will allow visitors to learn the history of Cognac, Pineau and Wine. At Macqueville (17).
Paleosite of St Cezaire
A modern prehistoric center site near Saintes in St Cezaire (17). Situated in the middle of a big park of 10 hectares with 2,000 m2 of buildings.
Le Ptit Train de St-Trojan
Beautiful walks: forests, sand dunes and the beach. Day and night. Station restaurant as well. Embarkation at the station, rue Camille Samson, Ile dOleron.
Chateau de la Gataudiere
Adventure park for adults and children with circuits through the trees, quad bikes for hire and paintball. At Marennes (17).
Botanical Garden of Deau
A 3 hectare botanical garden. Over 1,500 varieties of plants (perennials, trees, ancient roses), exotic garden, educational games for children, tasting of the estate products. At Domaine du Chaillaud, St Andre de Lidon (17).
Nature Trail de la Moulinette
An educational park created to raise public awareness of environmental issues. Demonstrations of hedge planting and current methods of preservation of coast. At Aytre.
Les Canotiers
Hire of electric boats, canoes, kayaks and pedaloes for trips on the Charente. At Port dEnvaux (17). Contact: Rebecca Caton
Around the Anchor
An hour and a half guided tour of La Rochelle harbor and market with an English speaking guide. Every Wednesday at 09:30 departing from the Chain and the Anchor. Contact Philippe Laugrand.