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L'Isle Jourdain - on the River Vienne

The beautiful market town of L'Isle Jourdain lies in the Vienne department and on the banks of the river of the same name. The town partly got its name from a rocky island that existed in the middle of the River Vienne, which is now is towered over by a bridge. The town is historic and renowned as one of the prettiest in the region, but its most remarkable feature is without doubt the massive viaduct from which superb views of the town can be seen.

Sights to see

Spanning 304 metres and with 20 arches, the imposing viaduct is the most arresting sight of L'Isle Jourdain, but the town is historic and has retained vestiges of its past which add to its overall appeal. These include the Saint Sylvain Bridge, 11th and 12th century churches, a chateau and some Roman remains, as well as authentic and pretty houses and streets.

Amenities on offer

L'Isle Jourdain positively buzzes with things to do around the town. There's a traditional street market every Saturday morning in the Place d'Armes and a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants, including supermarkets and a boulangerie. Then are schools, doctors, dentists, a pharmacy and a post office.

Bungee jumping anyone?

For those who lead an active life, they will not be disappointed. The town has a swimming pool with a water slide (guaranteed to keep the kids happy!), cycling and hiking clubs, tennis courts and petanque pitches. There are various activities centred on the River Vienne and a nearby lake too, including water skiing and bungee jumping (from the viaduct no less)!

Out and about

Visit Poitiers, 50 kilometres north-west of the town, with many historic sights and attractions and also a wonderfully educational and fun theme park, Futuroscope. For a day out with a difference take the family to the Vallée des Singes, where monkeys of all varieties can be seen enjoying life in natural surroundings, or discover the watery world of the Marais Poitevin, the so called Green Venice of Poitou-Charentes. It's also well within the bounds of possibility to travel a little farther afield and visit the Dordogne, the Atlantic coast or the green Lakeland of the Limousin.

How to get there

Poitiers, Angoulême, Limoges and La Rochelle airports offer direct flights from the UK, with Poitiers being the closest airport. Poitiers, Angoulême and La Rochelle also have TGV stops so train travel is a viable option too. The nearest large roads are the N147 and N10, with the town itself lying on the D10/D11.

Property prices and availability in and around L'Isle Jourdain

The really good news is that property prices in the Vienne are still low, and there is an incredible selection of bargain priced property on the market around the town of L'Isle Jourdain. The area is popular with tourists too, so rental possibilities are good.

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L'Isle Jourdain AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS L'Isle Jourdain?

L'Isle Jourdain is located in the west of France, in the south-east of the Vienne department.

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Population: 1,265

Access: By air: Fly to Poitiers, Angoulême, Limoges or La Rochelle airports. By rail: The TGV runs to Poitiers, Angoulême and La Rochelle. By road: The town can be found on the D10/D11, with the nearest large roads being the N147 and the N10.

Economy: The economy is mainly agricultural.

Interesting fact: If you have ever wanted to try your hand (and nerve!) at bungee jumping, this can be arranged from the town's viaduct!


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