Vallée des singes (Monkey Valley)

The male Gorilla at Vallee des Singes

If you are an animal lover this park is a MUST SEE – whether you have children or not. Not a fence in sight – streams and rivulets very cleverly separate all species of primate (including humans) where required Continue reading Vallée des singes (Monkey Valley)

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Horse-riding – “Equitation”

Horse Riding Pressignac

There is a “Centre Equestre” at Pressignac which takes all-comers for hacks and lessons. With small shetland ponies for smalls, up to mature horses for adults. Open all year-round. Horse-drawn buggy trips are also available. A great morning or afternoon.
Website: http://www.gite-equestre.fr/

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Limoges Aquarium

This small aquarium is situated in an old underground reservoir in the centre of Limoges. Easy to find by following the ring road. Good selection of marine and freshwater fish from piranhas to shark, and Nemo and Dorey for the kids. Continue reading Limoges Aquarium

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Parc Animalier Confolens “La colline enchantée” (Animal Park)

Parc Animalier Confolens

A great couple of hours to spend walking around this animal park. The animals are exceptionally friendly and chatty. Good use of a cloudy day.

 

Discounts possible from local tourist board – see owners for vouchers.

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Lacs de Haute Charente – Lac Lavaud

Lacs de Haute Charente - Lavaud Nature reserve

The big lakes of the Haute Charente possess nature reserves and some dedicated bird-watching facilities. Fishing licenses are available from the local offices of tourism (or by arrangement with the owners).

Website: http://www.lacharente.com/les_lacs_de_haute_charente

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Zoo – La Palmyre

Zoo - La Palmyre

The zoo at La Palmyre is excellent. Too much to mix with a trip to the beach at La Palmyre (Royan) if you are travelling from far away just for the day – too little time to do it justice.
Website: www.zoo-palmyre.fr

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Ile aux Serpents, Serpent Island, Trimouille

Island of Serpents and Reptiles

This is a great half-day outing to a zoo with reptiles as well as typical predators (mongoose, meerkat and they also have a family of otters). Closes for lunch, though, so suggest a lunch-over at Montmorillion.

Website: http://www.ileauxserpents.com/

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