A visit to the swimming lakes and lake beaches in Nouvelle-Aquitaine is a great day out for all of the family. All of the swimming lakes have sandy beaches and shallow water areas that are very safe for children. They all also have lakeside playgrounds to keep children entertained for hours, allowing parents the opportunity to relax and take in the beautiful scenery. There are many lakes in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, but here are four that we would recommend:

 

Etang Vallier (Brossac)

Etang (meaning ‘pond’ in French) Vallier is near to Brossac and only 7km away from the gite. The lake is a lovely location to spend some time during your holiday in France. The swimming lake is set in tranquil countryside and has a sandy lake beach with shallow water for wading and in which children can play, and deeper water for swimming. There are kayaks and paddle boards available for hire, and there is a mini golf course and bouncy castle to keep the children entertained. Zipline wakeboarding is also available. There is a small resort offering a restaurant, indoor swimming pool and spa facilities. Find it here on google maps.

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Zipline Wakeboarding

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Lac de Beauvallon (Montguyon)

Lac de Beauvallon (meaning ‘lake of the beautiful small valley’ in French) is located in Montguyon, 17km away from the gite, and is well worth visiting for a day or two during your holiday in France. The swimming lake has a large sandy lake beach with shallow water for wading and in which children can play, and deeper water for swimming. There are kayaks, pedalos and remote control boats for hire, and a playground for children. You are able to take a walk the entire way around the swimming lake and there many spots for picnicking. There is a lakeside restaurant offering à la carte dishes and meats cooked on a wood fired barbeque. Find it here on google maps.

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Lac Sensation Frisson (Guizengeard)

Lac Sensation Frisson is a five minute walk from the gite and offers things to do for those seeking some more ‘energetic’ activities during their holiday in France in the form of jet skis and quad bikes – great for older children and those who are big kids at heart! There are water slides and areas for swimming in the lake. There is a lakeside restaurant serving sandwiches, salads and meats cooked on a wood fired barbeque. Find it here on google maps.

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Jet Skiing

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Le Plan d’Eau de Saint Yrieix (Angouleme)

Le Plan d’Eau de Saint Yrieix is situated slightly further afield from the gite, near to the medieval city of Angouleme. It takes around 50 minutes (60km) to drive to the swimming lake from the gite, but is well worth the trip, especially if you combine it with a visit to the medieval city of Angouleme. The swimming lake is fairly large at 26 hectres and has a sandy lake beach with shallow water for wading and in which children can play, and deeper water for swimming. There are small boats for hire, and for those looking for a bit of action there is a sailing school and a windsurfing club with instruction. Furthermore right next door there is an Olympic size swimming pool and water slides. For those who prefer land based activities, there are facilities for tennis, volleyball, petanque, walking and cycling, and there are exhibitions of painting, photography and sculpture at the Tourist Office. There is a lakeside café serving meals and snacks. Find it here on google maps.

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