The Marais Poitevin
For centuries, the life of maraîchins has been organized around conches and gullies. The marshes of the waterways are a protected world with rare fauna and flora. A unique place in France to discover …
Even today, these waterways are the only way to discover its riches. Various possibilities are available to you the boat trip with or without guide and the canoe. Do not hesitate to use them.
On board a traditional boat, come and discover the Venice Verte, green cathedral unrolling kilometers of shaded canals, and let yourself be charmed by the beauty and tranquility of the place.
Unusual, exotic, wonderful … it is the boat trip in the Marais Poitevin …
Without a guide, the shipping company gives you a boat and a map of the canals. Then it’s up to you to play. This formula is pleasant but does not allow, especially for the first time, to appropriate the subtleties of this exceptional territory.
Boat trips from Bazoin, 500m from the gîte
With a guide, a boatman takes place aboard the boat to row but also, and especially, to bring you a lot of information about the Marais Poitevin. Themes such as history, landscape architecture, gastronomy or fauna and flora will be discussed. To perfect the whole thing, after evoking the legends of the swamp, your boatman will probably show you “Fire on water”.
To make the most of your walk, prefer early departures or late afternoon departures. During these periods, the light is more beautiful and there are far fewer people in the marsh.
Villages of the Marais Poitevin …
Whether by car, camper, bicycle … or by boat, you can not visit the Marais Poitevin without falling under the charm of its villages.
–Damvix, tourist village in the heart of the Venice Verte, in the south of the Vendée. Located in a triangle La Rochelle, Le Puy du Fou and Futuroscope. A pretty village on the edge of Sèvre.
– Coulon, the “capital” of the Venise Verte, place of all possibilities: souvenir shops, restaurants, charming hotels, bed and breakfast, boat rental, canoeing, bicycles, small train, church The Marais Poitevin, … in short the whole palette for a successful holiday.
– Arçais, the charming stage of the Marais Poitevin, with restaurants, camping, hotel and especially its port ideal starting point of boat trips in the heart of the wet marsh.
Arçais in one click
– La Garette, a village typical street of the Marais (commune of Sansais), with shops, gourmet restaurants, landing stages and beautiful houses along the canals.
Habitat at La Garette in one click
But also La Grève-sur-le-Mignon, Saint Hilaire-la-Palud and its wild marsh, La Ronde, Taugon and its natural pole of the Marais Poitevin, …. as many secret villages to discover!
Marais poitevin – boat trips
Many adjectives such as unusual, exotic, wonderful … qualify the walks by boat in the Marais Poitevin. To make the most of your walk, prefer early departures or late afternoon departures. During these periods, the light is more beautiful and there are far fewer people in the marsh.
Pôle Nature of the marais poitevin
Pôle nature of the Marais Poitevin
Boat dock of Bazoin
Ornithological Park of Saint Hilaire la Palud
Ornithological Park of Saint Hilaire La Palud
Maillezais in the heart of the Marais Poitevin and its Abbey