Family Attractions

A toddler feeding a giraffe at the zoo in La Palmyre, France


With so many family attractions in the Charente-Maritime, your only problem will be finding time to fit them all in.


Zoo at La Palmyre

One of the most popular tourist attraction in the Charente-Maritime. Nestled at the heart of and 18-hectare pine forest just north of Royan, La Palmyre Zoo is only 35 mins drive from Bel-Air Gites. The zoo is involved in more than 50 European Endangered species Programmes (EEPs). In addition they help finance more than 20 conservation programs in Africa, Asia and South America.  As a breeding zoo it is also very different from most people’s idea of a zoo as many animals are completely free to roam –  and there are more than 1600 of them! It’s currently home to 110 different species, including carnivores, mammals, birds and reptiles. This unique site has become one of the most renowned zoological parks in France and a key element of the heritage of the region. Open all year round, the average length of visit is 4 hours. Check their website for more details.



Aquarium La Rochelle

Only a 1 hour drive from Bel-Air Gites. Located in the heart of the historic town La Rochelle, next to the old harbour with it’s famous towers and lighthouses, you will find the incredible aquarium. La Rochelle Aquarium is more than just an aquarium, it’s also a research, training and awareness centre with an average of 800,000 visitors a year. Explore the mysteries of the sea in a 2 hour journey. Discover 600 species ranging from fragile jellyfish to formidable sharks. The Children’s Voyage is especially designed for younger children so they can share a unique experience with their families.

From sharks to turtles, and from the sparkling fish of the Atlantic to the colourful swimmers of the Tropics, all the heroes of the ocean are here. This adventure into the depths of the ocean is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for their imaginations: they can play at being scientists and explorers and, after their ‘dive’ with the sharks, the tropical forest will become the scene of their own Jungle Book.




Futuroscope near Poitiers

From Bel-Air Gites it is roughly a 2 hour drive to Futuroscope. This unique theme park is located near Poitiers and is set in 130 acres. It uses audio-visual technology to create both breathtaking and informative special effects. Giant screens, 3D and circular cinemas, and other state-of-the-art techniques create an experience unlike any other. The park has amazing futuristic architecture and also relaxing green areas surrounding each of the pavilions if you need a break from all the excitement.

40 original experiences waiting for you in stunning attraction theatres, heart-thumping adventures, outrageous thrills, mind-blowing journeys and the fairy-tale evening show. Fascinating attractions that deliver delights to suit all tastes and ages!

Children and adults will enjoy Futuroscope but allow plenty of time to see all the exhibits.

Open from 10 am until 11 pm, they regularly have offers online for free child places and there are different shows at various times of the year so be sure to check out their website to avoid disappointment.

 A young boy playing in the swimming pool

These are just a few of the locations that are within easy reach of Bel-Air Gites. View our Top 10 list to see more family attractions in the Charente-Maritime.

Get in touch if you would like more information about these or any other attractions.





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