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Our territory reveals its secrets

Nature Julien - Animateur web By Julien - Animateur web, the 29 April 2015

The Tourist office proposes to its partners, influencers of the destination Niort-Marais poitevin – Vallée de la Sèvre niortaise, a discovery of the territory in two stages. To the program of this first day, the discovery of the Marais poitevin and its sites you must see.

The Marais poitevin

A stroll in boat, from La Garette, allows us to take advantage, under a beautiful sun, of the peace of Green Venice, together with Gontran, from the landing stage Venise Verte Evasion. Roe deers and grey heron were kind enough to greet our passage.

Arrived at Coulon to bestride bikes. First gourmet and refreshing break to the Ambassade du Cacao and to the Brasserie du Marais poitevin. Then, direction Le Vanneau, always by bicycle, on the white paths. We follow Sèvre niortaise, let us cross a footbridge and let us join Arçais where we lunch in the Patio d’Arçais. Digestive stroll to be followed to discover the charms of the certified village "Small city of character".

Finished the exercise, it is by bus that we join the ornithological Park “Les Oiseaux du Marais poitevin” to Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud. We discover it the novelties of the season of which a new fast food space. Products cultivated on the spot or in closeness will be only proposed there.

Niort et The Valley of Sèvre niortaise

Direction Niort and the valley of Sèvre niortaise for our second day. Not too much physical exercise this time the weahter isn’t good !

Visit of the Donjon of Niort, one of the most important Romanic donjons of France and the new exhibition on the Merovingian necropolis. A stroll in city center follows itself where we admire the Pilori and the gardens of the Breach.

Direction Echiré, in the castle of La Taillée, built in the XVIIth century. We lunch in one of the rooms rented for family events, seminaries…

We begin the first stage of our rally of castles in the course of Sèvre : the castle of Mursay, which welcomed illustrious hosts : Henri de Navarre, the marchioness of Maintenon, secret wife of Louis XIV, Agrippa d'Aubigné and the countess of Caylus.

Direction the castle of Coudray-Salbart. The questions make us discover towers connected by a girdle (a corridor) lit by rare murderesses. A military fortress splendidly preserved !

Return in our starting point in the castle of La Taillée, in search of indications on facades and dovecote.

From now, the castles which mark out the Valley of Sèvre niortaise do not have secrets anymore for us.

In your turn now to attack these castles !

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