Gourgé village / Surrounding
area / Activities
Parthenay is just 10 kilometres south of Gourge’
and has all amenities – from a weekly market on a Wednesday
morning, to large supermarkets, plenty of restaurants, as well as
a medieval quarter. The town’s four screen cinema often shows
popular English films, or sometimes films with English sub titles.
Thouars is north of Parthenay, with an aquaduct and a historical
quarter. We suggest you head for the town centre (centre ville) for
the indoor market on Tuesday mornings.
Poitiers is the capital of the Poitou-Charentes region and
has a wide selection of shops, restaurants and pavement cafes. Colour-coded
painted lines on the pavements will take you along three different
walking routes around the city.
St Loup Thouet (Lamaire) is a medieval village just
6 kilometres north of Gourge’. Again a very typically French
restaurant can be found here, as well as lovely riverside walks around
the village, which boasts its own chateau.
Niort is a large town south of Parthenay, has easy
parking and a fantastic under cover food market, which is open daily,
with a general market on Tuesday mornings. It’s easy parking
by the river and car-free streets makes it a lovely place to walk
around in. There is plenty of interesting architecture to look at,
as well as shops, cafes and restaurants, making it a perfect place
for eating, drinking and people watching.