Bessines, une commune à deux pas de Niort

Come and discover the town of Bessines, a stone’s throw from Niort!

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Cultural, Historical


A village developed around the ancient domain of Bassinius, a rich Gallo-Roman landowner, Bessines is located at the crossroads of Aunis and Poitou. Bordered by the Jaron reach and the Vieille Sèvre, this rural commune is nestled on the side of a hill which dominated the former Gulf of Pictons. Its Romanesque church of Saint-Caprais, a stopover on the Chemin de Santiago, and its three ports open the door to the Marais Poitevin. Its marsh is classified as a Biotope and Natural Area of ​​ecological, fauna and flora interest.

Happy hiking and remember that you are not alone on the trails you are about to travel. We therefore invite you to respect nature: avoid picking flowers and plants, do not leave any trash behind, respect inhabited places, stay on the trails, keep dogs on a leash.

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DifficultyEasyDuration01hDistance5,0 km
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