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Ecotourism in the Marais poitevin

To give a meaning to your holidays...

Marais poitevin:  an exceptional natural site

The territories of the Marais Poitevin, Niort and the Sevre Niortaise river valley have the constant worry of how to preserve the quality of the natural environment so as to be able to pass on our heritage to future generations. These efforts of conservation and giving value to the marshlands were rewarded twice in 2010 : by the Great Site of France label, and the EDEN (European Destinations of ExcelleNce) prize which are a witness to the value of the man-made heritage and the landscapes of this protected site.

We suggest that you make the most of this privileged context to make your visit to the Marais Poitevin an ecotouristic visit. The professionals who are committed to an approach which is eco-responsible will help you to share a human experience in an exceptional preserved environment.

Eco-Nature Visits

La Maison du Marais Poitevin, in a manor-house, is a site that you must not miss if you want to discover and understand the mysteries and marvels of a surprising marshland. Be tempted by a guided visit in a flat rowing boat (in English) to discover the hidden corners and the secrets of the Marais Poitevin.

In the Marais Poitevin, more than 250 species of birds have been recorded. The Ornithological Park 'the Birds of the Marais Poitevin' offers the discovery of 70 of them, in their natural habitat in the middle of the wild marshes. There are more than 300 birds and domestic animals bred in Poitou and 30 varieties of plants and trees which are presented in this 8-hectare domain.


Ask for the list of our partners labelled « European Ecolabel » or Eco-responsible.


Trips on the Water (traditional rowing boats, canoes, boats…)

Ports, quays and landing stages... The trips on the water are the promise of an unusual trip into the heart of the green silence of this aquatic forest! Find the list of the landing stages with a quality commitment label.


Pike, pike-perch, sheatfish and other black-bass successfully entertain you on fishing trips.

Walking, Biking, Horse-riding

The walking and bridle paths allow you to discover the exceptional fauna and flora of the marshlands... But your visit wouldn't be complete if you didn’t take the time to « lose yourself » in our villages.

Rides in a horse drawn cart at la Maison du cheval : Admire the fauna and flora to the rhythm of the horse’s hooves.

In the countryside : discoveries at the farm

L'Ecurie du Marais

In the heart of the Marais Poitevin, L'Écurie du Marais invites you to come and discover the breeding of endangered species. The Solognote sheep and the Baudet donkeys of Poitou.

Du Coq à l'âne

The Parcoozâne is a place where you can relax and enjoy yourself in the universe of the donkey. The 7 races of donkey including the baudet of Poitou can be discovered during a fun educational actvity through which you will also meet the farm animals. An opportunity to visit the soap making workshop.

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