• Whether you’re travelling with small children or teenagers, all the family will enjoy a short break that combines the thrills of Futuroscope – Poitou-Charente’s unique moving image theme park – with seaside fun on the Atlantic coast.

    Fly into Poitiers airport and it’s just a short drive to the gates of Futuroscope which has a wealth of new attractions as well as many old favourites. Your entrance ticket includes a seat for the spectacular evening show, Lady O, which takes place on one of the largest water stages in Europe.

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    Then head south across the department of Charente-Maritime to the seaside resort of La Palmyre and check into your comfortable mobile home at Siblu’s 4-star campsite, Bonne Anse Plage. Set in a scented pine forest just a short walk from the sandy beach of the Côte Sauvage, Bonne Anse Plage has all the ingredients for a great family holiday including an outdoor pool complex, play area, mini golf, games room and three free kids clubs ranging from tots to teens.

    Campsite Siblu Bonne Anse Plage, Les Mathes

    The campsite is just 1km from La Palmyre Zoo, one of the largest collections of exotic animals in France with some 1600 furred and feathered residents.

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    Still full of energy? Try climbing the 300 steps of La Coubre lighthouse, once surrounded by sea, but now standing on the tip of the peninsula.

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  • One of the most beautiful south coast beaches on Ile-de-Ré is just 50 metres away when you stay at the Interlude-Sunélia campsite near the village of Bois-Plage-en-Ré.

    Part of the Sunélia group of 3*, 4* and 5* campsites across France, Interlude offers a range of cottage-style accommodation on a 7 and a half-hectare site which is open from April until September.

    This is a great break for families with a huge range of on-site sports and entertainment activities to choose from, as well as the glorious sands of Bois-Plage where you can chill out or get active with games and watersports.

    Hire a sailing boat for an offshore view of this glorious island or rent bikes to explore the 100km of level cycling tracks that wind past marshes and salt pans, pretty villages and lighthouses.

    Just a short pedal to the north side of the island brings you to La Flotte with its pretty harbour lined with cafes.

    Classified amongst the Most Beautiful Villages in France, it’s also home to a colourful produce market – an atmospheric place to stock up with edible souvenirs.

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  • Gite Du Coq à l'Ane, Marais Poitevin

    Meet the local donkeys at Du Coq à l’Ane in the Marais Poitevin

    Few children can resist a donkey and the Poitou-Charentes region is home to some of the most enchanting. Stay amongst these shaggy brown ‘Baudet de Poitou’ at Du Coq à l’Ane in Saint-Georges-de-Rex. Situated in the heart of the Marais Poitevin marshland, Du Coq à l’Ane offers various styles of family-friendly accommodation alongside a rare breeds farm and artisan soap workshop.

    The cosy gîte sleeps 2-4 people with a double bed on the mezzanine and a sofa bed and kitchenette below. Relax on the terrace or enjoy a barbecue whilst you watch the donkeys - you might even be lucky enough to see a foal. Alternatively, book one of three bright B&B bedrooms, a Mongolian style Yurt for four, or the Canadian adventure tent for five. Yurt and tent both have electricity and heating with shared toilets and showers – family camping with all mod cons.

    Watch owner Christelle Cornet make soap from pure donkey milk in the tiny workshop; learn about the seven French breeds of donkey; feed the friendly local goats; and collect the hens’ eggs. You can even go walking with a donkey who will obligingly carry your picnic. An unforgettable way to enjoy France’s ‘Green Venice’.

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