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The Surrounding Area

Marais Poitevin
Marais Poitévin
(Green Venice)

The surrounding area offers tennis, cycling, horse-riding, kayaking, boating, adventure park and swimming, and you don't have to travel too far to find a golf course or a fishing lake either. Less sporty choices include trips to the Atlantic coast, to La Rochelle or the Ile de Ré; shopping and sightseeing sprees to the nearby large towns of Poitiers or Niort; and, of course, a leisurely boat trip down the peaceful waterways of the Marais Poitévin.

Market Day in Coulonges-sur-l'Autize
Market Day in
Adventure Park Arial Walkway
Adventure Parks

Tuesday is market day.
Things are pretty peaceful here but if you get out of bed early on Tuesdays you will see another side of life in Coulonges-sur-l'Autize..... the hustle and bustle of the colourful market.

Two of France's most visited attractions are the theme parks of Puy du Fou and Futuroscope, which are also only just over an hour's drive away and well worth a visit for the whole family.

A little further are the vineyards of Bordeaux, the distilleries of Cognac and the world famous zoo La Palmyre.

  La Rochelle
La Rochelle
The Atlantic Coast
Beaches just over an hour away
Sporting activities

External Links

Links to these and other sites near us are listed below. Because these are external sites, we have no control over their content, or even their existence! If you have any problems with them, please let us, or our web designer know.

Puy du Fou A spectacular day out for the whole family. This website can be viewed in English/French and other languages

Futuroscope A futuristic high-tech adventure park. This website can be viewed in English and other languages

Marais Poitevin The 'green Venice' of France. This website can be in English and French

Nature Mervent Zoo This website can be viewed in English/French and other languages

Mervent Forest An amusement park within an 'incomparable location'. This website is only in French and includes Parc de Pierre Brun, and other attractions

La Rochelle Prepare a visit to this ancient and beautiful tourist town. This website is in English and other languages and has beautiful pictures!

Coulonges sur l'Autize The local town. This website is only in French

Ardin, a nearby town of about 1200 inhabitants. This website is only in French

Fishing. This one is in English, French and Dutch

Golf. This one is in English and French, and more
Golf. This is only in French

Horse riding. Although this site is only in French, the owner gives lessons in English. It is the riding stables at Serzais.

D G Pool and Leisure. DG pools helped us with our pool installation

A & V Garden Maintenance who helped us with our garden

MDPI. A computing consulting and expertise company