This is the martyred World War II village. On 10th June 1944 as the allies were advancing through northern France and more and more German units were being moved north, being fearful of a ...read more →
This is an outdoors fully reconstructed ancient Gallic Village aiming to recapture what one of these would have been like around 1st Century BC. There are farmers houses, aristocratic houses, a forum. Guided tours ...read more →
About an hour south of La Croix Spa on the road towards Brantome, at Le Cluzeau is the Grotte De villars – a charming prehistoric cave complex with paintings, stalactites and even claw-marks ...read more →
Velorail at Confolens makes a great half day out. Vélorail is a metal truck to which two bicycles have been attached along with 3 passenger seats and a picnic basket. Related posts: Futuroscope, Poitiers ...read more →
There is a small, privately owned chocolatier in Trois Palis, just outside Angouleme, Poitou-Charentes. One of the staff will take you on a guided tour to show how all the different types of chocolate, ...read more →
An adventure park suspended in the trees! With zip wires running out over the Lake Mas Chaban. Bungee jumping, rope bridges. 70 activities of varying difficulty. A great day out, but minimum height restrictions ...read more →
The Chateau at Rochefoucauld. Rather easier to digest than the chateaux in the Loire, as it is smaller, well restored and furnished and is still lived-in by the family. Well worth a morning’s visit ...read more →
The Martell distilleries tour is very interesting and lasts an hour, focussing strongly on Martell’s history, the distillation and grading process, finishing with a complementary drink for adults and face-painting for kids. Related posts: ...read more →
There is a “Centre Equestre” at Pressignac within 2km of La Croix Spa, taking all-comers for hacks and lessons. With small shetland ponies for smalls, up to mature horses for adults. Open all year-round. ...read more →
Falconry an equestrian exhibitions are available through July and August at Le Moulin de la Courade at La Couronne (not far from the Chocolate Making). No reservation is required but you must consult the ...read more →
If you’re after adventure / activity, then there is the Base Nautique – which is the water sports park at the local lakes. Here you can sail and windsurf or just hire a pedaloe. There is river kayaking nearby. Or you can go Velo-Railing – an old rail cart which you pedal up 14 kilometers of track to the nearby station where you can buy an ice cream and have a rest before heading back to your departure point (great fun!). There is also “Acrobranche” an adventure park suspended in mid-air! Your feet don’t touch the ground the whole time in the park. There is a zip wire, bungee jumps and rope bridges. At Angouleme there is an indoor swimming park (flumes, wave generators). There is an amusement Park (Parc Bellevue) at Limoges which is a great day out. At Poitiers, there is the magnificent Futuroscope which is an absolute must.
If you fancy Wine or Cognac, there is St.Sornin Vineyard and the distilleries at Cognac. For children there are activities such as face-painting and a train ride to occupy kids while the parents go on the tours.
The place is steeped in history. We’re on the lip of the crater of the 15th largest meterorite to have ever hit the earth. 22km wide. The pre-historic caves of Villars (complete with cave paintings) is just an hour away and well worth a visit. The Romans built one of Europe’s largest thermal baths just 5km away at Chassenon (Cassinomagus). Richard the Lionheart had a string of chateaux here. More recently the Limousin was at the heart of resistance in World War II, with the terrible evidence of the martyred village at Oradour Sur Glane, just 20km away.
There are local markets, the famous Piegut-Pluviers market nearby and even shopping malls at Limoges and Angouleme. There are all ranges of bars and restaurans to choose from, some with Sports TV.
Whatever you want to do there is an abundance of activities for every taste – that is – if you can prise yourselves away from La Croix Spa itself!