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La Palmyre Zoo

Between two sunny days spent on the most gorgeous beaches along the Côte Sauvage, take time out for a fun and educational trip to the La Palmyre Zoo, one of Europe’s most renowned zoological parks. Covering some 18 hectares between the La Coubre forest and that of Les Combots d’Ansoine, this vast natural area, set out as attractively landscaped gardens, makes a wonderful outing for all the family. Just a few minutes from your Sandaya campsite in the Charente-Maritime, don’t wait to set off and discover the 1,600 animals that call the Zoo de La Palmyre their home!
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Your holiday rental near the La Palmyre Zoo

Gather up the family and set off to discover the La Palmyre Zoo, only a few minutes from the beaches and conveniently close to your Sandaya campsite! In the heart of this naturally green area, beneath the pines of the vast La Coubre forest on the shores of the Atlantic, come and meet the great apes, lions, elephants and giant tortoises of the La Palmyre Zoo. As you explore its paths you’ll be able to discover all about the zoo’s conservation work to help save many of the world’s threatened species. Since its creation by Claude Caillé in 1966, the zoo has constantly expanded its actions in favour of protection, research and education.
Your Sandaya family campsite, located close nearby, enjoys the same very special natural environment: under the maritime pines of the La Coubre forest, half-way between Royan and the Île d’Oléron. Setting off from your holiday rental accommodation, it will take you only a few minutes by bike to reach the waves of the Atlantic Ocean! Whether you’re staying in a fully-equipped mobile home, under the canvas of a tent or in the comfort of your own campervan, you’ll be able to enjoy the many facilities purpose-designed for your leisure and pleasure here in the heart of our top-of-the-range campsite: bathing area with waterslides, river-lagoon, heated swimming pools and whirlpool baths, wellness area with sauna, hammam and spa, petanque courts and multisports grounds... plus of course the campsite’s free children’s clubs and their activities for all the little campers!

A trip to the La Palmyre Zoo for all the family

Open every day of the year, the La Palmyre Zoo on the Atlantic coast invites you to come and meet its 115 species from all the continents. With a visitor trail measuring some 4km you’ll find that 4 hours are barely enough to really make the most of your family visit to the zoo! So, before you set off on your grand adventure, start with a quick trip to the campsite mini-market to buy all you need for your picnic lunch! Once you’ve arrived at the zoo, make sure you keep your eyes peeled: in addition to the tigers, lions and ostriches, you might be lucky enough to glimpse one of the many newborns from amongst the 200 to 300 births registered at the zoo each year!

Discover the Ape Space

One of the must-visit areas during your tour of the zoo, the Ape Space at the La Palmyre Zoo is a fabulous area that leaves few unmoved. Opened in 2009, this vast 3 hectare complex houses the gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees. During the fine weather you’ll be able to watch them living naturally together as they have fun around the pools and on their purpose-designed equipment and rigging. In low season you’ll also be able to enjoy a special viewpoint and appreciate their habitat thanks to a visitor gallery that offers a panoramic view of the zoo’s great apes!

Parrot and sea-lion shows

The displays at the La Palmyre Zoo are certain to be amongst the highpoints of your visit and are definitely not to be missed!  From the Easter holidays until early November, you’ll be able to watch the sea-lions and parrots put on their show twice a day at the zoo, a guaranteed favourite with the children! Acrobatics, diving, games and cleverly-staged performances, you won’t fail to be amazed by the skills the animals demonstrate to the zoo’s visitors.

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