Vue du centre de Poitiers depuis les Dunes

Poitiers, a journey through time

Get on board for a weekend that looks back to the past and forward to the future: head for Poitiers, city of art history and Futuroscope.

Notre Dame La Grande à Poitiers

Just 1¼ hours by train from Paris, Poitiers awaits for a weekend of exciting experiences that reach back to the past and forward into the future. The ‘City of 100 Bell Towers’ (your mission, should you choose to accept it: count them!) is a great place to visit on foot, but be prepared for some exercise, because you’ll be going uphill and downhill.

The journey through time begins on pedestrian-only streets with the Middle Ages and onwards to the Renaissance. The carved white limestone facades and half-timbered houses near the Church of Notre-Dame-la-Grande, one of the city’s many gems of Romanesque art, are testament to its rich history. After dusk, the illumination of the West Front in its original colours tells stories from the old and new Testaments with scenes announcing the coming of Jesus.

Eglise Notre-dame à Poitiers - Mise en lumière

In the former dining room of the Palace of the Counts of Poitou and Dukes of Aquitaine, now the public lobby of the law courts, I suddenly have a vision of my heroine Eleanor of Aquitaine listening to her favourite troubadour Bernard of Ventadour from the Limousin…. From the Cathedral to the Church of Sainte-Radegonde is just a very short walk. The Choir, raised to provide access to the crypt where the sanctified Princess Radegonde is laid to rest, attracts the eye with its frescoes; a foretaste of those in the Church of Saint-Hilaire-le-Grand, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Eglise Saint Jean de Montierneuf à Poitiers

In this rewinding of time, the fourth-century Baptistère Saint-Jean, reputed to be the oldest existing Christian building in France, is essential.

Tomorrow, it's off to Futuroscope and the machine that will propel you through time with the Raving Rabbids. Put on an animal costume and join Sid and his Ice Age friends, explore an extraordinary world as a mouse, scorpion or a chipmunk, and take a fast drive with Sébastien Loeb. Basically, immerse yourself in an entire world of unique and sensational experiences.

Tested specially for you: Hôtel de l’Europe

In the pedestrian-only streets of the city, just a 10-minute walk from the rail station, this hotel is ideally located for walking the city. Everything is easily accessible from here. Standard rooms have pleasant views over the small internal courtyard. The plus points are the excellent quality bed and bed linen, and the absolute peace and quiet. The delightful breakfast room opens onto a covered terrace overlooking the garden. The buffet breakfast is very generous, with homemade cake, fresh fruit, an excellent selection of teas, jams and Limousin cheeses!
www.hotel-europe-poitiers.com

Hôtel Mercure Poitiers

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Les Archives (restaurant, wine bar and tea room)
The restaurant of the Mercure Hotel occupies one of the most improbable locations: an ancient chapel. The tables are laid out in the nave flanked by immaculate white stone walls. The decorative style is restrained, but welcoming. Vegetarian menu from €26. Delicious and original. Tasting menu €27, full menu €39, very full menu €48
The room you should book: the one in the former chapel - it’s unique. Book well ahead for a very special experience.

www.lesarchives.fr

Le Rooftop: for a drink to music or a dinner with your head in the stars. The plus point for me (I have to say I just love rum babas) is the ‘Baba au Diplo” made with Diplomatico rum!

www.rooftop-poitiers.com

Le bonheur est dans le thé... I can vouch for it personally. The tea room is open every Saturday afternoon. I can’t resist the scones... obviously! Good to Know: outdoor terrace and lunchtime set menu with vegetarian option and vegan dessert available.

www.lebonheurestdanslethe.fr

Souvenir ideas: The Vienne Tourist Office Shop near Notre Dame La Grande. An excellent choice of local specialities: flavoured vinegars, local wines, Broyé de Poitou cakes in very pretty boxes, soaps, Montmorillon macaroons, handmade umbrellas, etc.

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Balade en bateau vers le moulin de Chitré (copie)

Embarquez à bord du "Jehan Martin" au départ de Cenon sur Vienne. Cette balade en bateau nous mènera en approche du moulin de Chitré. Sur ce parcours "nature" nous découvrirons un paysage et une faune préservé. Le commentaire nous fera revivre la marine traditionnelle et l'histoire des lieux.

3 Rue Clément Krebs 86100 CHATELLERAULT
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Balade en bateau vers le moulin de Chitré (copie)

Embarquez à bord du "Jehan Martin" au départ de Cenon sur Vienne. Cette balade en bateau nous mènera en approche du moulin de Chitré. Sur ce parcours "nature" nous découvrirons un paysage et une faune préservé. Le commentaire nous fera revivre la marine traditionnelle et l'histoire des lieux.

3 Rue Clément Krebs 86100 CHATELLERAULT
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Pointe de Forclan

Forclan Point, planted by the French Forestry commission and newly-landscaped, is a much-appreciated spot for family outings (picnic tables) or sports activities (including a health circuit). Situated between theVienne and Clain rivers, this has always been a prized setting. As early as 1900, the local population enjoyed coming here to relax, and in spring and summer would board the «Hirondelle» steam boat connecting Châtellerault with Cenon, disembarking at the lively open-air cafés that lined the Vienne riverbanks.

Pointe de Forclan 86530 CENON SUR VIENNE
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Atelier d'illustration à l'aquarelle (copie)

Atelier d'illustration à l'aquarelle pour adultes (ou ados dès 13 ans) avec Hélène Valentin, auteur-illustrateur. L'animation se déroule dans son propre atelier d'Availles. 25€/pers. Réservation à l'office de tourisme de Châtellerault : 05 49 21 05 47 ou renseignements auprès d'Hélène

26 rue du Poitou 86530 AVAILLES EN CHATELLERAULT
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Huilerie Lépine

Since 1810, the Lepine family has been producing walnut and hazelnut oil - an ancient tradition producing a flavour which is unlike any other. Here the kernels are crushed and ground into a thick paste, secondly the paste is fried until it browns - this the difficult and most delicate part of the production because the savoury taste depends on the frying. The paste is then poured into a hydraulic press where the wonderful, golden oil drips out. Walnut oil is a healthy oil thanks to its high vitamin content and the quality of its fatty acids which actually help lower cholesterol levels.

24 rue de l'Huilerie 86530 AVAILLES EN CHATELLERAULT
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Restaurant La Gourmandine

La Gourmandine hotel and restaurant, renovated according to environmentally friendly guidelines, combines the charm of the early 20th century with all the mod cons of the 21st century. The restaurant is open to all guests.

Whether it is for a seminary, a reception, a marriage, a banquet or a cocktail party … Be allowed bewitch by the exceptional frame of places. Tranquillity, exoticism and warm welcome are assured.

22 avenue du Président Wilson 86100 CHATELLERAULT
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