Relax and unwind surrounded by sturdy oak trees more than 300 years old. The 11,000 hectare Forêt de Tronçais is one of the most beautiful forests in Europe.
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The Forêt de Tronçais and its 300-year old oak trees !
Relax and unwind surrounded by sturdy oak trees more than 300 years old. The 11,000 hectare Forêt de Tronçais is one of the most beautiful forests in Europe, a paradise for walking, cycling and even water sports and swimming in and on Saint-Bonnet-Tronçais Lake. There are activities for everyone to enjoy in magnificent surroundings.
The predominantly oak forest is also planted with beech and hornbeam trees to force the oaks to grow ever higher in search of light. The resulting 40-metre tall trunks (after 250 years !) - the same height as cathedrals – give the forest an unusual, impressively majestic atmosphere. There are traces of the presence of man in the forest since prehistoric times including remains of Gallic resistant encampments and Gallo-Roman sites. Caesar marched through the forest and Jean-Baptiste Colbert, minister under Louis XIV, organised its restoration in order to ensure the Kingdom of France had a powerful Navy. Trunks were specially selected to supply the shipbuilding industry with top-quality raw materials.