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Marais Poitevin - Poitou marshes


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The Marais Poitevin

to discover

Marais Poitevin, landmarks

Tour of discovery

Boat trip

Coulon, Green Venice

Practical information

To see, north to south

The "Marais Poitevin"

La Rochelle

Island of Ré

Island of Aix



Madame Island

Island of Oléron




La Tremblade


La Palmyre









To do


Boat trips





The market


Drives through the vineyards

Drives through the marshes

Drives through the forest


To know

The Romanesque Art


The Citadel of Brouage

The Citadel of Blaye

The lighthouses

The forest of La Coubre

The marshes

The "Marais Poitevin"

The carrelets

The ostreiculture

Vine and wines

To taste






Sea food

"Terroir" products

The restaurants



The "Marais Poitevin", (the Marsh of Poitou)
or rather the Marais Poitevins (plural)

There are various types of marshes, Marais Mouillés (wet marshes),. des Marais Desséchés (dried out marshes) , Marais Maritime (Maritime Marsh) and Venice Verte (Green Venice),...

Now look at the broader picture and note some places of interest

To understand the mysteries of the Marais Poitevin, it will be necessary for you to enter into the heart of nature,

either on foot or by cycling on the shaded paths along by streams or by car, driving on the small roads following the canals or by boat. Here, you will discover a melting pot of nature where the fauna, the flora and men live side by side and in perfect harmony with the rhythm of the seasons, the shadows and the sunlight.

Venice Verte, circuit of discovery

If you don't know the Marais Poitevin, I would advise you to go first of all to explore Coulon,

which is a reliable and almost educational reflection of the Marais Poitevin.

This very pretty town, in its magnificent setting, with its front mirrored in the water of the Sèvre Niortaise, has numerous restaurants to tempt you with their specialities.

Coulon, "Capital" of the Venice Verte

At Coulon, as in practically all the villages of the Marais Poitevin, you can take a boat from one of the numerous jetties,

either alone, or accompanied by a skipper who'll steer you safely along the canal giving a running commentary. He will tell you about his marsh with his heart and with passion.

Boat trips (french text)

All the practical information to prepare and make a success of your stay in the Marais Poitevin,

 the jetties, the tourist offices, the restaurants, the hotels, the guest houses, the shelters...

Practial Information

The Marais Poitevin is a photographer’s paradise, all the elements are there to make beautiful photos.


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