These Roman baths about 5km away from La Croix Spa are the largest Roman Baths in Northern Europe, outside Rome itself.
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 strong rear-guard action by the French resistance, the Waffen SS rounded up 642 men, women and children in this peaceful (non-resistance) town and brutally put them to death by fire and arms. Continue reading Oradour Sur Glane – Martyred village
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 are available in the afternoons 14:00 – 17:00 July and August and some weeks they have actors to bring a more realistic feel to the village.
Learn more about the history of ancient France.
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 of prehistoric bears! Continue reading Grotte de Villars – Le Cluzeau
“France’s Venice”, Brantome is a gorgeous canal-crossed town an hour’s drive south of us in the Dordogne. You can take a boat trip, see caves troglodites and have lunch in one of the many open air restaurants. A lovel day’s outing. Continue reading Brantome
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 – kids (of all ages!) can dress up in mediaeval costume for their visit.
The town is also charming with good places to stop and eat.
Chabanais World War II sites of interest
The National association of former combatants and Friends of the Resistance have collated and commemorated a number of sites around Chabanais that were significant to the struggle of the Maquis (The Resistance) against the occupying German forces in World War II.Continue reading World War II memorials around Chabanais
This memorial was erected in the forests where the “Maquis” dug in against the Germans. 2,026 members of the resistance and French army are buried in the cemetrery here. There is a small museum on site as well. Open all year round.
Feature Image Credit: Stéphane Charbeau, Photo-Charente.com