The Marais poitevin and Deux-Sèvres

The Marais poitevin |The city of Niort|Melle has three interesting Romanesque churches|Parthenay, city and country of Art and history|The castle of Oiron is a majestic building of architecture Renaissance|Thouars is an ancient military city|

Description
Themes : heritage, nature, family,

The poitevin Marsh is the second largest wetland of France after the Camargue. It is a perfect getaway for a stroll in boat. The Department of the Deux-Sèvres also has jewels of Romanesque architecture, the cities of Art history as Niort, Parthenay and Thouars and the small towns of character, follow each other to the delight fans of old stones.


Accomodation
Moka Hotel, Niort, France (en)
Hôtel
Moka Hotel is located in the centre of Niort just 150 metres from the train station....
Bed and Breakfast Maison hôtes Vents Ouest, Niort, France (en)
Hôtel
Situated in the historic district in Niort, Maison d'hôtes Vents d'Ouest is a 19th-century townhouse, only 750 metres from Niort Donjon and 15 minutes'......
Bed and Breakfast Maison Saint Jacques, Parthenay, France (en)
Hôtel
Located in the historic quarter of Parthenay, Maison Saint Jacques is a B&B set in a 14th-century, half-timbered townhouse....
The stages
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The Marais poitevin
The poitevin Marsh is the second largest wetland of France after the Camargue. It is a protected natural space entirely shaped by man of approximately 100'000 hectares. It covers the departments of Vendée, Deux-Sèvres and Charente-Maritime.
B
Niort
The city is famous for including host the headquarters of the major French insurance mutuals. But Niort is also the main gateway of the marais poitevin ('green Venice') and one of the cities in Poitou history.
C
Melle
In addition to its vestiges of the medieval fortifications, Melle has three interesting Romanesque churches. Their construction is concentrated between the end of the 11th century and the middle of the 12th century, providing a digest of the architectural evolution of the time in one place.
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Parthenay
City "Country of Art and history", Parthenay is a medieval town that is built on a rocky spur overlooking a loop of the Thouet. It is charmed by the many Romanesque buildings, walls, fortified doors and the Saint-Jacques district with its timber-framed houses.
E
The castle of Oiron
The castle of Oiron is a majestic building of architectural Renaissance. Built from the 16th century, it houses the collection contemporary Curios & Mirabilia freely designed on the theme of the cabinet of curiosity with reference to the fabulous art collection of Claude Gouffier, grand Écuyer to Henri II.
F
Thouars
Thouars is an ancient military city. City of Art and history, it has retained charming medieval streets, half-timbered houses and religious buildings that make up a framework warm and full of character.
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