Also known as ‘Green Venice’, the Marais Poitevin is the second largest temperate zone in France and the fifth in Europe. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the town of Niort in Deux- Sèvres, these famous marshlands are blessed with a particularly agreeable climate and were classified as one of the Great Sites of France in November 2009.
The best way to discover this magical land is to explore the villages and marshland ports. There is evidence all around of the ‘industrial’ past of the area: washers, sluices, fountains, water passages, dovecotes… The countryside is in symbiosis with its environment…The Marais Poitevin is vast – over 90,000 hectares of green dissected by thousands of canals. Explore by foot, by fishing boat or canoe, by bicycle, in a carriage or on horseback.
Contributor: Sue Lowry