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Please visite the tourist office’s website for a complete list of activities near Arvert.

Our Suggestions

Your stay in Charente Maritime will make you discover one of the most reknown french region through the diversity of its environment, history, culture, traditions and animals.

The Hotel “la Villa Fantaisie” suggests you THE UNCONTENTABLE SITES to visit:

Saint-Césaire Paleosite

In July 1979, in Saint-Césaire: archaeological excavations allowed for the discovery of bones from a young Neanderthal, since named Pierrette.

This discovery had a considerable impact because it upset accepted ideas about the succession from Neanderthals to modern humans in Western Europe. Today, 35,000 years later, the most modern prehistory centre in the world is dedicated to it in Saint-Césaire.

The Premier Interpretation Centre for prehistory in Europe, the Paleosite© relies on spectacular new-generation museum and scenographic techniques.

The Saintes Arenas

A symbol of Roman origin of the town of Saintes (Mediolanum Santonum), the amphitheatre was built under Emperor Claudius (41-54). These arenas hug the lines of a natural valley, and are able to accommodate almost 15,000 people.

They had 90 entrances. Here, gladiator fights and naumachias (naval battles reconstituted in this immense basin which could fill with water) were held.

This is one of the oldest amphitheatres in Gaul, and one of the best preserved… 127 metres long by 102 wide! Nowadays, outdoor performances are held there in the summer.

Fort Boyard

A fortification located between Aix Island and Oléron Island, it was originally built to protect the harbour of the English navy in the 17th century

Fort Boyard is part of the Maritime Arsenal of Rochefort, which stretches across the estuary of the Charente. The fort was discovered in as part of inter-island crossings.

Hiers Brouage

Since its founding, Hiers-Brouage has aimed to become a platform for exchange. In 1555, ships had been visiting the Gulf of Saintonge for over 1,000 years. They left a very old deposit to the east of the site.

The City of Jacopolis on Hiers-Brouage soon became a commercial centre with an international reputation. All languages were spoken in the Babel that Jacopolis on Hiers-Brouage is.


This former country house, founded by the King of England and the Duke of Aquitaine, Edward I, in 1284, extends over a promontory overlooking the estuary of the Gironde. A village destined for tourism and artisans, sometimes considered one of the capitals of the hollyhock, Talmont-sur-Gironde also owes a part of its fame to its Romanesque church on the edge of the cliff, once a step on the path to Saint Jacques de Compostela.

The town has received the label of one of the most beautiful villages in France. The site may have been occupied since ancient times; the presence of a hamlet which was more or less dependent on the major Roman metropolis of Novioregum is a possible hypothesis. In 1876, a team led by local historian Eutrope Jouan identified a Gallo-Roman solid mass of masonry in the village centre.

The Corderie Royale

The Corderie Royale is one of the most important buildings in the Rochefort arsenal, and this was one of the first built during the founding of the town in 1666. The architect of the Corderie was François Blondel, who started working on it in March of the same year.

This achievement was not easy due to the terrain. Located on the edge of the Charente, the ground consists of a thick layer of mud of almost thirty metres, sometimes flooded with sixty centimetres or so of water at high tides. Finally, after more than three years of work, the construction was completed in June 1669.

For nearly two hundred years, the over 370 metre-long building was used to make rigging for the royal navy. The length of the central building corresponded to the manufacture of a single-cable rigging. The main wing is bounded by two pavilions.

La Palmyre Zoo

The La Palmyre Zoo: a private zoo and the busiest in France, it is one of the most renowned in Europe and a key element of the Poitou-Charentes region’s heritage.

It was created in 1966 by Claude Caillé from Rochefort, then aged 35, in the heart of the Côte de Beauté (Coast of Beauty) and Charente-Maritime beaches, 15km from Royan, in the forest of the Mathes La Palmyre commune.

Spanning 14 hectares developed into a landscaped garden in a natural setting, it offers visitors the opportunity to observe more than 1,600 animals of all kinds, spread among 130 species, throughout a journey of more than 4km.

La Rochelle Aquarium

Located in the heart of La Rochelle, on the edge of the Minimes district and near the Old Port, is one of Europe’s largest aquariums.

Over a surface area of 8,045m2, it exhibits more than 10,000 animals of 500 different species, spread across the 3,000m3 of water basins. Each year, it hosts more than 900,000 visitors, making it the largest and most visited aquarium in France.

Planet Exotica

Located in the heart of Royan (behind the station), the Gardens of the World have been renamed and are now called Planet Exotica.

Planet Exotica is a park of over 7.5 hectares of beauty and exoticism, for a fun and educational visit for all the family.

The new park has retained the vast tropical greenhouses and desert greenhouse in which there is a large collection of live reptiles from around the world, presented in their natural terrariums. You can also admire the beautiful collection of orchids and exotic and carnivorous plants. The butterfly greenhouse, which made the park famous, is still there. You can therefore admire butterflies fluttering freely in the air.

The Estuary Park

The centre of nature offers a fun approach to the heritage of the largest and wildest of European estuaries: the Gironde estuary. Step into the engine room, designed like a submarine! You will then understand the incredible history of the formation of the estuary, and discover the aquatic environment and landscapes that it is made up of.
Many opportunities for discovery are offered: guided nature walks, climbing the watchtower, an interpretive walking trail, temporary exhibitions, a tea room with stunning views over the estuary…

La Cité de l’huître

The Cité de l’Huître (City of the Oyster) offers a fun, educational visit about oysters at the heart of the Marennes oyster bed ecosystem.
The City of the Oyster is located in Marennes, between oyster beds, river and ocean.

It stretches from the marina to the fishing harbour, over 4km along the Channel of the Cayenne.

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