February 2013 – With a region as diverse as Poitou-Charentes, it is unsurprising that every year visitors can enjoy an ever growing list of activities. Here is a tempting list of what’s new to do in Poitou-Charentes.
Go digital: the Ile de Ré Tour app in English and the new La Rochelle app (from May 2013) will provide savvy smart phone users with the complete guide to the town – where to eat, where to sleep, what to visit! Just one click and you can plan, book and leave tips and feedback.
Set sail: in March 2013 part of the masts of the Hermione – Lafayette’s ship which took him across the Atlantic in 1780 to assist General Washington in the American Civil War- will be erected and the two bells that have been forged in original eighteenth century style will be installed. The rigging will be put in place during the summer and work will also start on the carving of a carousel for little children. The figures for this will be representative of pieces that would have been used on the prow of ships in the eighteenth century. The shipyard is open year round from February 2013. Entrance costs nine Euros (GBP 7.48*) for adults and five Euros (GBP 4.16*) for children. More than 250,000 people have been visiting the site annually since work began.
Raise a glass: for the first time in their history, the Cognac house of AC Meukow has been opened to the public. Visitors can enjoy tastings and tours followed by lunch in the workshop ‘Chai Meukow’. Cookery classes, tastings, themed evenings and small meetings can all be organised by this well-established company that has been in operation since 1862. The price is 10 Euros (approx. GBP 8.32) for adults and meals start at 26 Euros (approx. GBP 21.63) per person. www.meukowcognac.com.
Poitiers and the City: as part of a dynamic embrace of modernity the Coeur d’Agglo project, which began in 2010, has led to a complete redesign of the centre of Poitiers. Incorporating new green spaces such as the rue de Puygarreau, 4,000 new parking spaces, a new bus route, new public areas and pedestrian zones such as the Place Leclerc, new paving, street lighting, cleaning of buildings, new traffic circulation and an accentuation of the architectural heritage of the town. In all – three years’ work costing a total of 25 million Euros and involving 38,000m2 of public space.
Step into the future: Following its 25th anniversary last year Futuroscope will open in 2013 with a host of new attractions including: Dances with Robots – remixed by Martin Solveig; RoboThespian – the humanoid robot who employed to entertain the public and answer their questions; the two new Imax® films Ultimate Wave Tahiti and Born to be Wild; Lady Ô – the new evening show is an extravaganza of art and technology and The Beatles 4D.
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Note to Editors: With its equitable climate, Poitou-Charentes – the sunniest part of western France – is an area where you can enjoy many attractions. Visitors may enjoy for example the famous and unique Marais Poitevin, also known as Venice Verte, which connects the Poitou and the Vendée; the historic port of La Rochelle with its fine restaurants and magnificent sites; Futuroscope – a theme park for the senses; Cognac and Poitiers – the regional capital.
This is the perfect family holiday destination with a wealth of well run campsites, B&B’s, hotels and gîtes to choose from together with wide open spaces to enjoy activities which range from golf to water-sports.
*Exchange rate used is 1 Euro = 0.83 GBP.
For further information on all of the above, visit: www.holidays-france-atlantic.com.
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