Islands particularly worth a visit are Ile de Re, Ile dOleron and Ile dAix. For the more adventurous, bike hire is widely available on all of these islands. Ile de Re is accessible by a 3km bridge. Ile de Re is a popular tourist destination with a Mediterranean climate, sandy beaches, salt marshes and vineyards. Marais Poitevin (The Venise Vert) is an area of marshland rich in tradition and a haven for bird and wildlife. It is an area that has inspired poets and artists throughout the ages.
For visual spectacles, you might visit Royans un Violon sur le Sable. For classical music and fireworks, or Taillebourg which hosts a Sound and Light show. Concerts and shows are numerous. In particular the ancinet Amphitheatre in Saintes holds concerts, and our local town of St Jean dAngély has a variety show. For those who enjoy French food and wine, St Savinien holds evening markets and a wine and food fair.