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The small attractive French town of Parthenay is just west of the city of Poitiers. It is an ideal base for exploring the southwest region of France and cheap car hire in Parthenay is readily available.
The town used to be an important stop on the pilgrim routes to Compostela and the old medieval town is a pleasant place to wander around and enjoy a coffee in one of the many pavement cafés. The town makes for a great stopover for those heading west towards the coast or north to the Brittany region.
With car rental at Parthenay you can easily drive to three beautiful examples of Romanesque churches. One is just a short drive away in Parthenay-le-Vieux, another is 20kms away in Airvault and the other is another is just a 15 minute drive on from Airvault. These towns also offer simple but delightful French accommodation where you can overnight.
With car hire at Parthenay you can easily explore the dramatic Atlantic coast with its sand dunes, marshlands and pine forests. Why not make a visit to the nearby islands of Re, Oleron and Noirmoutier. One of the prettiest places to visit and a must for all visitors to the southwest is La Rochelle.
The whole region of the southwest is well known for its excellent seafood dishes and wine. You are also very close to the beautiful vineyards and wineries of the Bordeaux region which are considered to be some of the best wineries that can be found anywhere in the world.