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Some of the many things to see and do...

 

Camping Marco de Bignac is well situated for easy access to a range of tourist attractions, towns and visits to historical sites during your stay. Here are a few which we have personally experienced.

 

If you don’t want to go far, the city of ANGOULEME  is just 25 minutes down the N10, with its museums, cathedral, churches, ramparts overlooking the city, pedestrianised shopping areas and many pavement cafes and restaurants.

 

Even closer to the campsite is the well preserved site of a Roman amphitheatre at LES BOUCHAUDS, the beautiful Abbey at ST AMANT DE BOIXE.

 

The picturesque old chateau and mill town of VERTEUIL SUR CHARENTE is also a short drive away as is the lake beach with swimming, canoeing, sailing and children’s park at ST YRIEX.

 

If you’re here with children, FUTUROSCOPE at POITIERS heading north is only just over an hour along the N10.

 

To the west is ROYAN on the coast a modern, stylish town, the historical Gallo Roman city of SAINTES with its remains and sculptures, and the beautiful and historical coastal town of LA ROCHELLE with its white stone towers at the entrance to the harbour, not forgetting the arcaded streets of the old town and its cathedral and museums.

 

Closer, in the same direction is JARNAC with its river access for boat trips, and COGNAC, a town with cobbled street pedestrian shopping area,  swimming beach lake and Le Petit Train, but more renowned for its many Cognac producing factories, Martell, Courvoisier and Cognac to name a few, where you can take guided tours and tastings.

 

LIMOGES, to the east, famous for its porcelain, is a trip of about one and a half hours. The best way to see this town is on Le Petit Train and after you can explore the many museums (one dedicated to the war years and the French Resistance), the cathedral and the porcelain outlets and finish off with a meal in one of the many restaurants.

 

If you are interested in World War 2 and the history of events in France, be sure not to miss the opportunity to visit ORADOUR-SUR-GLANE, on the way to Limoges. Words cannot express the impact of a visit to this village which was invaded by the Nazis and has been left as it was after the massacre which took place there. Whilst this is a heart stopping event, the village is peaceful and calm which allows visitors to reflect on the event with their own personal thoughts.

 

BRANTOME, about one and a half hours to the east, is a typical Perigordine town in the Dordogne region. It is an island town as it is surrounded by the river Dronne where you can take a flat bottomed boat ride along the river or canoe. If you prefer to walk there is a quaint town with gift shops, formal gardens, the oldest bell tower in France and many pavement cafes. Try and go on a market day to enhance your visit.

 

Les Bouchauds

St Amant de Boixe

Oradour-sur-Glane

Futuroscope

Sunflowers

Brantome

Verteuil

Royan Beach

La Rochelle

Cognac