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The Marais Poitevin Regional Natural Park

The Marais Poitevin Regional Natural Park protects a magical marshland divided up by an intricate network of canals. Calm, secretive, serene, it’s ideal for ecotourism, whether you explore it by cycling or hiking, punting or boating.

The Marais Poitevin Regional Natural Park near Coulon

The Marais Poitevin Natural Regional Park protects a magical marshland divided up by an intricate network of canals. Calm, secretive, serene, it’s ideal for ecotourism, whether you explore it by cycling or hiking, punting or boating.

The Marais Poitevin is one of the largest marshlands in Europe. A mysterious area where land and water merge so closely, it’s extremely varied ecologically, with a rich diversity of flora and fauna, while its landscapes and culture are well worth discovering. 

The heart of the Marais Poitevin has been designated a Grand Site de France because of its exceptional importance and attractiveness. In fact, it’s commonly known in France as the ‘Green Venice’. You can appreciate the diversity of the wider marshlands in the great stretches of meadows extending further west, followed by the Bay of l’Aiguillon and the Atlantic beaches beyond it. This mosaic of landscapes has been fashioined by man’s intervention in the last thousand years.

Exploring the Marais Poitevin Regional Natural Park via its network of tracks and waterways, take in all its beauty, breathtaking and fragile at the same time, as the natural balance here is constantly shifting.

Enjoy cycling along beside the Marais Poitevin’s canals.

But perhaps the best way of appreciating the marshlands is by taking to a traditional marsh boat or a canoe, with an experienced guide who can explain so much about these wetlands, their heritage, flora and fauna, plus their specific local culinary delights.

To make the most of your outing, it’s best to head out early in the morning, or late in the afternoon. At those times, the light is at its most magical and the peace will make your tour of these exceptional waterways even more memorable.

Visit the Marais Poitevin Regional Natural Park

 

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