France has a long and proud horse riding tradition. The 17th and 18th centuries in France are known as the Golden Age of Equitation, with horse riding developing as part of aristocratic culture.France still bears the legacy of this, with a multitude of trail rides and bridleways (known as randonnées) criss-crossing the country. The trails in France tend not to be on modern roads and take you from cobbled village to mighty châteaux, via beautiful, unspoilt countryside!

Many of our Siblu parks are near riding schools, but La Pignade in Charente-Maritime takes it one step further as it has its own riding school on-site 

Horse riding is a superb form of exercise for both body and mind – and a wonderful way to relieve stress. It taxes both your balance and coordination, and sitting in the saddle will really work those abdominals!

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On-site Riding School at La Pignade

 

La Pignade is situated in Charente-Maritime, within a pine forest beside the beautiful Marennes Estuary. It has its own on-site horse riding centre, l’Etrier Ronçois (Le Palomino), where you can ride both horses and ponies. The forests don’t just offer wonderful horse riding routes – the ponies at La Pignade live in an area set aside for the park. Visitors can explore the forest on foot and say hello! The centre offers lessons for beginners and advanced riders, and for very young children there are pony walks. 

 
Charente-Maritime

Nestled in a pine forest bordering the Marennes Estuary, Siblu’s La Pignade holiday park in Charente-Maritime is a tranquil location with a choice of great facilities. Make the most of the outdoor pool, waterslides and sports facilities ranging from archery to beach volleyball.

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Covered pool with retractable roof
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Horse riding on-site
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Beach 1.5km away

Horse Riding Near Other Siblu Parks

 

The beautiful scenery of Charente-Maritime is perfectly suited to travelling on horseback.  While La Pignade is currently the only Siblu park with an on-site riding centre, our other parks in Charente-Maritime, Les Charmettes & Bonne Anse Plage, are only a short drive from local riding schools. Similarly, La Réserve in Aquitaine is only 5km from an a riding centre. We recommend asking at the park reception when you arrive for the most up to date information. You can also find out more about any current partnerships between your Siblu park and local riding schools. 

Another great choice for riding fans is Domaine de Dugny, our holiday park in the heart of the Loire Valley World Heritage site. The River Loire snakes its way through the valley, its banks dotted with magnificent châteaux such as Chambord, Chaumont-sur-Loire and Chenonceau. What could be better than slowly riding along with this kind of scenery on offer? In the past, our holidaymakers at Domaine de Dugny have enjoyed using the facilities at Les Ecuries Florent Viet, a renowned local equestrian centre. Set just beside the ancient town of Blois, the centre hires horses and offers lessons for riders of all abilities, from absolute beginners through to budding show jumpers. Ask at reception for more up to date information about riding in the Loire Valley and any current partnerships. 

 

More About West Coast Regions & the Loire Valley

Ideally situated with Paris to the North and the sandy beaches of Vendée and the Loire Atlantique to the West, the tranquil Loire Valley is the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway in the French countryside where the country's longest river makes its way through greenery and rolling hills dotted with fairy tale castles.

Charente-Maritime is a sunny seaside region of West Coast France where you’ll find three of our most popular Siblu holiday parks: Les Charmettes, Bonne Anse Plage and La Pignade.

With 140 km worth of sandy beaches, the largest departmental cycle network in France and amazing water sports opportunities, Vendée is the place to be for anyone who’s after an active outdoor getaway or who’s craving the feel of the sea breeze in their hair. 

With endless sandy beaches, Europe’s largest sand dune, world-renowned wines and 4 brilliant Siblu campsites, it's safe to say that Aquitaine makes an ideal holiday destination. From the chic city of Bordeaux to beautiful Bayonne in the Basque country, there is so much to explore! 

Explore More Holiday Parks

You don’t have to be a superfit bike fanatic to make the most of the landscape here – cycling is a national past-time in France so you can be sure you’ll be catered for with well-marked paths if you plan a two-wheeled trip with family members, young and old.

All Siblu holiday parks in France offer the change to enjoy a variety of water sports activities, be it on the Atlantic Coast, the Mediterranean, Lake Biscarrosse, or the Loire river... sailing, surfing, diving, paddle-boarding... there's loads to discover.

France is more than twice as big as the UK but has the same amount of people, so there’s a lot of space to relax in. It’s filled with some of the most stunning countryside in the world, from mountains to coasts and everything else in-between.

Sun, sea and sailing – the three magic words to set an old salt’s heart alight. And whether you like water-skiing behind a boat or relaxing with a glass of wine while enjoying the view from one, a mobile home holiday with Siblu is the perfect choice.

You’ll probably find more than enough to do at your Siblu holiday park, but if you (or the kids) fancy a change of scene, a theme park is a great idea. Wherever you are in France, you’re never more than a quick hop to an out-of-this-world experience because France has some of the best theme parks in the world.