The Marais Poitevin is a mysterious site in the west of the country. It has been awarded the “Large site in France” label for its authenticity and its high level of visitor numbers. It covers just over 110,000 hectares of preserved space where marshes, waterways, mountains, ditches and human developments come together in a perfect ecological balance. This green expanse straddling the New Aquitaine and Pays de la Loire regions is also home to a diverse range of wildlife.
A great tourist heritage in a natural environment
An unsuspected wealth is hidden in this green valley, harmoniously shaded and with a landscape structured by dry and wet marshes. This large wetland, one of the most important in France, is an Eldorado for ecotourism. The Marais Poitevin encompasses a large natural park of attractions which is maintained by major cultural, agricultural and craft activities. This will be the opportunity to recharge your batteries on hundreds of kilometres of cycle tracks, while visiting the many tourist circuits developed along the Sèvre Niortaise.
Discover a tourist offer facilitated by several means of locomotion
For your next holiday, embark on a destination with no time limits and enjoy an extraordinary experience. Between boat or bike rides, walks along the seashore or visits to animal parks, you’ll be able to enjoy all the sensations. From the quays of Coulon, numerous boatmen await you to discover the “Green Venice”. An immersion in this open-air labyrinth shaped by man, who has worked hard to preserve a landscape of poplars, ash trees, canals and conches. More than 250 species of birds have been recorded in this wintering site.
The site also has something to delight history and architecture lovers. On the banks of the Sèvre, you can discover centuries of history represented by vestiges such as the Niort keep, the Nieul-sur-l’Autise abbey, the military fortress of Coudray-Salbart and various castles from different periods. Enjoy modern and comfortable accommodation with hotels in a natural setting, camping areas and guest houses with traditional architecture.