10 towns and villages of character in the Vienne

lovers of villages and towns with a strong character where we could spend whole days strolling? Mazes of medieval streets, craftsmen's shops, half-timbered houses, superbly crafted mansions, endless castles... Find below a selection of towns and villages that make up the DNA of la Vienne.

Sunset over the City of Writing in Montmorillon ©Loïc LAGARDE

Angles-sur-l’Anglin: the Star

With its vestiges and its breathtaking environment, Angles-sur-l'Anglin has all the assets to seduce nature and heritage lovers. By surveying this small medieval village with picturesque charm, it is impossible to miss its XNUMXth century fortressrd century which dominates the Anglin valley.

Why not embark on a geocaching adventure with Tèrra Aventura to explore one of the most beautiful villages in France? You should also not miss the Wizard Rock to jump back in time.

Village of Angles-sur-l'Anglin©LesZed.com

Charroux, Monts-sur-Guesnes, Château-Larcher: the Nuggets

The label "Small Cities of Character” highlights these towns and villages with a remarkable heritage.

Three villages won the prize in the Vienne : Charroux with a rich medieval past, Monts-sur-Guesnes with its castle not to be missed to better understand the history of Poitou and finally Chateau-Larcher, charming village offering many activities.

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LUSIGNAN

Historic City of Lusignan©Thomas JELINEK – Agence Zebrelle

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Lusignan, cradle of the legend of the Melusine Fairy should also soon obtain the label!

Its history is closely linked to that of the lords of Lusignan, who, during their oriental epic, became kings of Cyprus, Jerusalem and Armenia.

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Chauvigny and Loudun: medieval charm

Chauvigny and Loudun, labeled “The most beautiful detours in France” will enchant you with their thousand and one treasures from the past... but not only that! The Medieval City of Chauvigny, perched on a rocky outcrop, proudly display five castles (yes, just that!), three of which are open to visitors. In one of them, a falconry show of all beauty will give you wings. Want to stay on earth? A cyclerail offers an original walk around the city between forest and river.

As for Loudun, who can be spotted from afar with his famous Square Tower, has a history rich in twists and turns. Between the Foulques-Nerra promenade, the Sainte-Croix Collegiate Church, the Renaudot museum, the Charbonneau-Lassay museum and its beautiful mansions in tufa stone, Loudun offers great discoveries.

Poitiers, Châtellerault and Montmorillon: the Queens

Land steeped in history, the Vienne reveals a great cultural heritage to its visitors. The municipal communities of Greater Poitiers, Chatelleraudais and Vienne & Gartempe have been labeled “Cities and Countries of Art and History” for their commitment to the conservation and mediation of heritage but also for their host of prestigious monuments and sites.

To name only the best known, we find the palace, Notre-Dame-la-Grande Church in Poitiers, the Blossac theater in Châtellerault, the City of Writing and Book Professions in Montmorillon or even the Abbey of Saint-Savin registered at Unesco World Heritage.

The curious hungry for discoveries will be delighted! So, what do you start with?

Montmorillon, the City of Writing ©Thomas JELINEK – Agence Zebrelle
Notre Dame La Grande, Jewel of Romanesque Art in Poitiers ©ACAP – Claire COULARDEAU