The Marais Poitevin: A Breath Of Fresh Air

The Marais Poitevin is France’s second largest wetland and is often referred to as France’s ‘Green Venice’, a unique landscape that has been created, shaped and maintained by water across the centuries. The Nature Park of the Marais Poitevin is a magical location in any season for a romantic short break, outdoor adventure or family holiday. There are many piers from which you can take a guided tour, and you can even rent your own rowingboat or canoe. You can also explore The Marais by foot or bicycle.


There are 6,700 beds available, including small hotels, guest houses and ecofriendly campsites.



  • A green ecotourism destination par excellence. Learn the full story of the landscape, lifestyle and traditions at the four themed discovery centres, the Maisons du Parc.
  • One of the key areas in France for birdwatching and nature holidays. Visit the family-friendly bird reserve at Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud.
  • Gastronomy and know-how: discover the flavours of the Poitevin Marshes.


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