MORE TO DO IN VIENNE
Vallée des Singes: This 16-hectare natural park is home to over 400 monkeys living free. Visitors can walk in the park and get to see the animals up close. Between Poitiers and Angoûleme. la-vallee-des-singes.fr
Fishing: The Charente and Vienne rivers both offer excellent fishing opportunities for trout, pike, roach, zander and bream among other species. Licences are widely available in tabacs.
Water sports: On the rivers and lakes you’ll find everything from quiet sandy beach areas for a swim and a picnic to wide open stretches of water where you can take a canoe and paddle a while. Those with a need for speed should check out the water skiing at Lac de Chardes, L’isle-jourdain.
Walking: France is well-served with clearly marked pathways for walkers. Buy a book of randonnées (walks) and follow the tracks through the beautiful local countryside.
Horse riding: Again, miles and miles of off-road tracks make this the perfect place to go trekking.
Cycling: Quiet well-maintained roads mean this is ideal bike territory, whether you are an out-all-day type or just want to nip the couple of kilometres to the nearest bakery.