Jonzac is a charming town full of treasures and activities just waiting to be discovered. During your visit you will be able to discover or rediscover itsCastle, casino, famous thermal baths, “galeries Noires”(dark alleyways),Saint Gervais Church, the Cloître des Carmes (Carmelite cloister) and much more. Don’t forget to make a little detour to Cluzelet mill before you dive into one of the wonderful lagoon pools at Les Antilles de Jonzac. With its mild, sunny climate and exceptionally verdant setting, Jonzac is situated in the middle of a very popular tourist area.
The château was built on a natural defensive site overlooking the Seugne River. The Hundred Years War took its toll on this castle which can be traced back to 1059. Its current architecture with its impressive ‘châtelet d’entrée’ (gatehouse) and west tower dates back to the 15th century. It underwent several transformations in the 17th and 18th centuries, whilst retaining its dry wide moat. The medieval fortress gave way to a comfortable and meticulously-decorated central building.
The casino Barrière
Exhilarating casino games in an intimate and friendly atmosphere!
Table Games – Slot Machines – Jackpots – Shows and entertainment – Bars, restaurants and much more.
The thermal baths of Jonzac
The spring waters are rich in trace elements and contain sulphur, sodium chloride and mixed sulphates. Unlike most French thermal springs, Jonzac’s was only recently discovered, less than 30 years ago. The Soenna spring’s water comes out at 62 ° C. Built in a former stone quarry, the Jonzac establishment is the only troglodyte thermal bath. In addition to the treatments, Jonzac thermal baths offer fitness programmes. The treatments include showers, massages, mud treatments, spring water pool and swimming pool sessions, and drinks.
The Jonzac’s outdoor activity centre
With its beach and green spaces, the outdoor activity centre provides an original alternative to traditional seaside holidays. Not far from the thermal baths and the town centre, it provides regular entertainment which is not only popular with spa guests and tourists, but also with the local inhabitants of Jonzac and Haute Saintonge.
In the summer, visitors will find a host of sports and leisure activities: swimming, archery, a climbing wall, trampolines, canoes, pedal boats, sailing, inflatables, skate-roller area, riding stables, bowling pitch, as well as two treetop adventure courses which cross the River Seugne (one of which is a kid’s course). Not to mention the lake for fishing, a children’s playground and much more.
Les Antilles de Jonzac
Plenty of entertainment awaits the lucky visitors of this 10,000 m² centre with its “Lagoon” area: water heated at 29 ° C, a wave pool and beach, an outdoor pool, a 60-meter water slide, an outdoor paddling pool, a Roman bath with a waterfall. A fitness area is also available for visitors to relax all year round in water at 32 ° C and water jets. For your relaxation, choose from whirlpools, saunas and Turkish baths.
For the sportier, a cardio fitness workout area overlooking the pools is equipped with bicycles, rowing machines, treadmills and other training equipment. For those who are feeling slightly peckish or have a sudden urge to take care of themselves, a restaurant/snack bar, beauty salon, conference room and tropical greenhouse are also available…
Other places to visit
La maison de la vigne et des saveurs (the house of wine and flavours) : Website
Cognac and its wine cellars : Website
Saintes and its historical monuments : Website
Jonzac Tourist Office : Tourist office website
Charente Maritime Tourisme : Town’s website