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Neighbouring Towns and Cities

Poitiers - Poitiers is a lively university city with a population approaching 90,000. Nestled on top of a hill, it offers fine views over the Clain and Boivre rivers. Like most university cities, there is plenty going on in the evening. The city centre has been designed with the pedestrian in mind and is therefore a great place to take a stroll and do some shopping. Tourist Website or read the arrival guide here

Angoulême - The cathedral city of Angoulême is home to over 100,000 inhabitants. During its long and varied history it has been fought over many times. The historical Angoulême sits on a hill above the Charente and, in this bustling part of the city, you will find a labyrinth of alleys that are full of charming shops, restaurants and bars. Tourist Website

Cognac - This is the home of cognac or brandy. Cognac sits along side the Charente river and is a delightful town to spend a day in. Take one of the many tours of the cognac distilleries such as Hennessy, Martell or Otard, to name a few. Tourist Website

Saintes - A beautiful city with the Charente river running through it. Visit the Roman amphitheatre, see the Roman "Arc de Triomphe" or take a leisurely cruise down the river in an electric boat. Tourist Website

La Rochelle - The city has a population of 120,000 and boasts a bustling port, historic centre, and active cultural scene. Go to the central shopping area for chic boutiques and street cafes, visit the port and lunch in a quayside restaurant overlooking the two ancient towers that guard the city. The aquarium is a major attraction and is especially popular with children. Tourist Website or read the arrival guide here.

Niort - This is the departmental town of the Deux-Sèvres. Take a visit to see the Donjon near Les Halles in the centre of town. Combine your trip to Niort with a visit to the nearby Le Venise Verte (Green Venice). Tourist Website

Limoges - The home of Limoges pottery. This is a large and bustling town with fine restaurants and lots of shops. Tourist Website read the arrival guide here

Bordeaux - Home to the famous wines of the same name. The city has a large shopping centre, many fine restaurants and of course, numerous châteaux and vineyards to visit in the surrounding countryside. Tourist Website or read the arrival guide here

and finally

Oradour - village/museum - not necessarily a town but a living memorial from the Second World War where all 642 inhabitants were killed by the Germans - a newly opened visitor centre provides fascinating detail about the background to the massacre and the aftermath.