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Charente Maritime holiday guide

Charente Maritime holiday guide

Coastal county of the Poitou-Charente region, Charente Maritime offers an irresistible mix of sea, sand and stunning countryside. Pictures and words by Gillian Thornton. [...more]

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10 French towns with wow! factor

10 French towns with wow! factor

Many French towns and villages close to our Siblu Holiday Villages have managed to hold back time and maintain a link to their past, while others have embraced 21st century cool. We’ve listed 10 of our favourites, so why not tell us what you think and add your own suggestions below. Carcasssone (Languedoc, pictured below) has been [...] [...more]

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Favourite festivals in France

Favourite festivals in France

Siblu’s holiday villages in Charente Maritime have been supporters of Un Violon sur le Sable, a classical music festival that takes place on the beach at Royan, for several years. Our partnership has even included rehearsal sessions for performers at Les Charmettes – culminating in a free show from French superstar Christophe Mae performing hits backed [...] [...more]

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Make, bake and cook like the locals in France

Make, bake and cook like the locals in France

We heard this week that a certain travel company is only offering ‘all inclusive’ holidays next summer. How depressing – where is the fun on going to a foreign country and not trying something different. So,  siblu is  making a stand for self-catered holidays in France ! Here are three ideas that we hope will make your [...] [...more]

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France’s animal attraction

France’s animal attraction

While France’s natural wildlife might not set the heart racing, the country is home to some of the world’s best zoos and aquariums. So if you want a family camping holiday in France, packed with activities, big pool complexes, dynamic children’s clubs, some of the best beaches in France, and the chance to feed popcorn to [...] [...more]

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Saddle up with siblu

Saddle up with siblu

New networks make cycling an easy option for family holidays in France. For a family holiday with a difference, take advantage of France’s love affair with the bike and try out miles of new cycle networks in popular French tourist resorts. You can strap your bikes to the car or hire cycles during your break [...] [...more]

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Siblu Holiday’s guide to Charente Maritime

Siblu Holiday’s guide to Charente Maritime

Charente Maritime, a coastal departement (like a county) in the region of Poitou Charente, is the sunniest part of France’s west coast (according to the French Met office). So combine the sunshine with massive sandy beaches screened by forests of pine trees, and fun seaside towns, and you have the perfect mix for a top [...] [...more]

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Into the Futuroscope

Into the Futuroscope

I am a big fan of Futuroscope, which is essentially an interactive Science-parc on the outskirts of Poitiers, about 90mins from our siblu parcs in Charente Maritime. Futuroscope is the second most visited theme parc in France (after Euro Disney) and yet, it seems to me, most British families know nothing about it. The parc is unlike [...] [...more]

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Cameras roll at Les Charmettes

Cameras roll at Les Charmettes

Our Les Charmettes holiday parc recently featured on national TV news in France as a business optimistically looking forward to 2010 after so much of the country’s west coast was hit by fierce storms earlier this year. Tempete Xynthia lashed the Vendée and Charente Maritime regions in February, causing damage to those parts it hit and, tragically, some [...] [...more]

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French theme parks that ‘Disney’ rely on Mickey

French theme parks that ‘Disney’ rely on Mickey

Disneyland Paris remains France’s most popular theme park, but if you want something other than huge queues and fairytale castles, there are other attractions that offer a typically French slice of family fun. Science park Futuroscope and history-themed park Puy du Fou are both located on France’s west coast, where the big beaches, friendly seaside towns [...] [...more]

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