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Ile de Re, Ile d’Oleron, Ile d’Aix 

Renown for the associations with Papillion and Napoleon, these attractive islands make for great day trips. Pretty villages and harbour towns with wonderful seafood restaurants, surrounded by lovely beaches. Ile de Re, Ile d'Oleron, Ile...

La Rochelle

With its many quayside seafood restaurants and street entertainers, the ancient walled town of La Rochelle makes an atmospheric place to eat any time of the year, especially overlooking the harbour. It has many good shops, beaches and an aquarium and is also a very...

Bordeaux

The city itself boasts an air of 18th century elegance with its neoclassical architecture, wide avenues, and attractive public squares and parks. The principal shopping area is the pedestrianised Rue St. Catherine. Check out the Galerie Bordelaise, a 19th century...

Marennes Oyster Farms

Visit the oyster growing area of Marennes, see how they have been cultivated over the years and learn how oysters from this area of France are exported all over the world. La...

Medoc and Blaye 

The town of Blaye itself is well worth a visit with its imposing  citadel which was designed by Vauban around 1685 . A UNESCO world heritage site, it is open every day of the week throughout the year. Guided tours are very worthwhile  and splendid panoramic views can...

Saintes

Remarkably this was the most important town of the 1st Century AD and you can visit the remains of this era including the Arch of Germanicus, the Gallo-Roman amphitheatre and remains of the Roman Baths, as well as the archaeological museum dedicated to Roman Gaul....