Bussiere Poitevine

This is the closest place for provisions, including two small supermarkets, bakers, butchers, tabac, bistro, bank and pizza restaurant. There is a small childrens play area and tea room.

Le Dorat

Le Dorat is a historical town, featuring a large supermarket, cafes, restaurants, bank, bakers, tabac, petrol station and also has a traditional English fish and chip van which parks in the square every Friday between 6pm-8pm.


Bellac is a larger town with a number of supermarkets, restaurants, shops and petrol stations. There is a 13th century stone arched bridge which leads across the River Vincou and is a great place to take a picnic and eat by the riverside and enjoy feeding the ducks. 


Montmorillon, is known as the Village of the Written Word and is a great place  for book lovers as there are many book shops. Visit Cite de l'Ecrit for a selection of cafes, creperies and small artisan shops. There is a local market on a Wednesday and a fair every 4th Wednesday of the month. The rich architectural heritage will add to your visit and don't forget to stop at the almond and macaron museum and treat yourself.



Lussac les Chateaux

This is a great place to go for restaurants, patisseries and local shops to explore. There is the Museum of Prehistory with its exhibition of Palaeolithic Age artefacts and other archaeological artworks discovered in caves. It is a short drive from Planete des Crocodiles and there is a Friday market.










Planete des Crocodiles

This is a wonderful place to go to see many live crocodiles, alligators and turtles. If you're lucky you will get to see the crocodiles being fed which is a great experience. There is a snack bar available and you would only need half a day to enjoy the whole centre. 

Next door is a leisure complex which features ten-pin bowling, swimming and scuba diving.

Oradour sur Glane

This memorial site and museum is a place to visit if you are interested in history. It is a French village that was destroyed in WWII and today it is preserved in its original ruined state. 

Parc Zoo Du Reynou

Discover over 600 animals at this amazing zoo park, where you can feed goats, donkeys, sheep and alpacas. Wander over 100 hectares to see animals like tapirs, capybaras, lions, cheetahs, monkeys, giraffes and many more. Make sure you take a picnic as there are many places around the park to stop and take refreshments and enjoy the views of the park. There is also a cafe and snack bar available. 


Futuroscope is a brilliant family day out, with over 25 incredible experiences, including 3D rides with 4D effects, stunning shows, outrageous thrills and its one of a kind in Europe. Dont miss the water show at the end of the day which has one of the largest water stages and visual effects you will ever see.

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