Niort – Marais poitevin

The magic of water: Take the time to navigate the calm waters of the marsh : surprises and tranquility will seduce you!

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A Regional Natural Park awarded the Grand Site de France label, the Marais Poitevin is an exceptional place. It is the second largest wetland area of France, after the Camargue.

This destination offers you unique getaways to the heart of nature, where “soft” discovery and respect for the environment hold the place of honour. Whether by boat or bike, discover this “Green Venice”, with the small picturesque villages of Arçais, Coulon and La Garette. At the bend of a canal, perhaps you will be lucky enough to strike a match and see the surface of the water catch fire, as if by magic. This is the result of an exceptional natural phenomenon.


In Niort, the gateway to the historic Marais, you need simply raise your eyes to admire the keep of Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Halles which have guarded the city for centuries and perpetuate local legends. You will be surprised by the art of living in these places that host a number of craftspeople and creators.


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