There are many picturesque medieval towns and tourist attractions to visit in this area. Below are just a few suggestions but you can find more information on the tourist board websites www.sudviennepoitou.com/en and www.tourisme-vienne.com.
Le Prieuré de Villesalem
A jewel of roman art, as the French say. Don’t miss it.
The Cité de l’Ecrit in the old quarter has many bookstores selling antique and new books and writing materials. You can wander through the cobbled streets or just sit and soak up the atmosphere in one of the restaurants or cafes : www.citedelecrit.fr
Many of the artisans and artists here offer short courses in creative arts.
Saint-Savin sur Gartempe
A UNESCO world heritage site, the abbey of Saint-Savin is well-known for the beautiful painted frescoes in the 12th century church.
La Foire des Hérolles
On the 29th of every month – one of the biggest markets in France.
Angles sur l’Anglin
Named one of most beautiful villages in France with a three-flower rating, Angles sur l’Anglin is the home of rare prehistoric sculptures dating back to Magdalenian times. Wander through the old streets, explore the remains of the fortress or visit the Jour d’Angles workshop where they produce drawn thread work on silk, linen or cotton to make table linen, scarves etc.
Saint-Benoit du Sault
Not as touristic as Angles, but still one of the prettiest villages in France, too.
Not always open, but amazing.
La Réserve de la Haute Touche
Wonderful animal park !!