After leaving La Rochelle take a break midway at the Andilly locks, a remarkable site, which was renovated at the end of 2015. Here, the canal from Marans to La Rochelle meets the Canal du Curé, the site of a crucial lock system at this canal crossroads.
Welcome to Marans, a warm and welcoming meeting place! On arrival in Marans you will notice the port-style architecture around the sailing base and the quaysides. The port of Marans was once a trading hub. Today, it has its own marina with berths for up to 200 vessels.
But, don't hang around any longer, leave your bike at your accommodation: the maison d’hôtes Barbecane. Charlène, the owner, will share her love of the Poitevin marshlands and Marans with you. We are sure you will adore the welcoming ambiance of this house!
Dine on the Marans quayside. There is a wide range of restaurants to suit every taste: fast food, local cuisine, gourmet dining, bars, etc.
In the afternoon, wend your way to the Bois Dinot. This 1.5 hectare fully signed route is a real cosmopolitan experience where the marshland's trees, shrubs and plants grow freely with a diversity that fills the senses.
To end your day, head for the Marans jetties where you can hire a motorboat, a pedalo or a canoe for a trip on the Sèvre Niortaise.
From September to June, you can prepare for the next day by obtaining your town guide from the Marans Tourist Office (closed on Sundays, except in the Summer).
Not to be missed today:
- A siesta in the shade of the willow trees that line the canals, along the waterside
- The boat trip
- The visit to Bois Dinot