A medieval town of architectural, artistic and historic interest, Parthenay was a major stopover on the road used by pilgrims making the trip to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Parthenay plays host to many festivals through the year, including the international festival of games, and world of music festival.
The nearest large city to Parthenay, Poitiers is considered to have one of the most interesting sets of Romanesque buildings in France.
La Rochelle
The Old Port area, with its sheltered harbour, is protected by two 14th Century stone towers. Superb restaurants line the quaysides and nearby streets, with seafood an expected speciality. Numerous reasonably priced boat trips are available, with Fort Boyard a popular choice, or visits to the Ile d'Oleron, Ile de Re, or Ile d'Aix.
Loire Valley
Riverside cities of Angers, Saumur and Tours are all within an easy drive. Numerous Chateaux, vineyards, museums and other attractions, such as the Cointreau factory at Angers, which have regular guided tours, sampling, and discount factory shop.
Atlantic Coast
Spectacular large, safe, sandy beaches with good surf. Coastal pine forests with woodland paths. Many resorts, including Les Sables d'Olonne, famous for its extensive beaches, the numerous restaurants, and for being the start/finish point of the Vendee Globe yacht race.
Cognac is rightly renowned for the production of fine brandy and associated products, with distillers such as Martell and Remy-Martin in location. Guided tours and sampling are offered, often free. Cognac itself is a beautiful old town, with fine buildings and restaurants.
Famous for its beautiful scenery with riverside fields and undulating hills, the region is also home to many fine chateaux, underground grottos and caves with guided tours. Of course, as with most places in this region of France, the Dordogne has numerous vineyards, including St Emillion and Bergerac.
Futuroscope (Poitiers)
Using the most modern projection systems, Futuroscope offers the visitor the chance to enjoy breath-taking, unique adventures on land, sea, and in space. With futuristic architecture, unmistakable to the passing traveller, the attractions include IMAX theatre, simulators, Cine 360 and surround-sound audio. In summer months there is a late-evening fireworks and laser show.
Puy du Fou & Grand Parc (les Herbiers, near Cholet)
Within an hour's easy drive, the Grand Parc is a historically themed park, with attractions including a retelling of a Viking invasion, a recreation of the battle of Donjon, and a falconry display which features over 40 birds flying simultaneously. More recently, they have designed the Stade Gallo-Roman, which is a Roman amphitheatre used to depict a Roman love-story and includes a chariot race " a la Ben Hur ".
In summer months, on most Friday and Saturday nights, the Puy du Fou takes place on and around the lake in front of the nearby Chateau. This unique spectacular show uses dramatic lighting, music and special effects to depict the history of the Vendee region. Participants are volunteers from local villages, and number around 2500 in total.
Pescalis (Montcoutant)
Dedicated to fresh-water fishing, this attraction caters for anglers of all abilities. Specially managed lakes provide over 200 acres of fishing, with a choice of angling areas. 'fly-fishing' in varied environments, a carnivore area, ground-bait fishing, and game fishing area designed for round-the-clock angling.
Marais Poitevin(between Niort & La Rochelle)
This is an area also known as Venice Verte or Green Venice, owing to the elaborate network of canals which run through the fens. Escape from it all on the tree-lined waterways, which can be navigated with or without a guide, in traditional flat-bottomed punts, rowing boats or canoes. There are also numerous quiet cycle paths available for those who wish to explore the area on bicycle.
Monkey Valley(Romagne)
A unique site of its kind, Monkey Valley contributes to the conservation of endangered species, and features over 25 different species of monkey and ape, living in natural woodland settings.

Golf at Chateau Des Forges
There is a superb golf course within 20 minutes drive, with a choice of three 9-hole courses, with prices from 20 Euros for 9 holes.

R/C Paradise
A former karting track, now used for all-things radio-controlled... cars, tanks, aeroplanes, etc. available for hire.

Distances to places of interest

Parthenay - 13 kms.
Poitiers - 40 kms.
Futuroscope - 40 kms.
Marais Poitevin - 40 kms.
Pescalis - 35 kms.
Forest of Adventure - 30 kms.
Le Puy du Fou - 80 kms.
Loire Valley/Saumur - 80 kms.
Monkey Valley - 80 kms.
La Rochelle - 120 kms.
Saintes - 115 kms.
Cognac - 120 kms.

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