In the north of the territory, find the Sèvre Niortaise valley. Made of 10 Commons, these lands are endowed with a rich heritage. You will discover small discreet monuments but identity of the rural soul of the towns.

The 10 villages of the Sèvre Niortaise Valley

The emblematic monuments

Municipality of Echiré

The Coudray-Salbart castle

Impressive 13th century fortified castle attributed to the legendary fairy Melusine, at the heart of the struggles between France and England, he controlled the crossing of the Sèvre Niortaise, the southern border of the lords of Parthenay-Larchévêque.

  • 10 rooms in an exceptional state of conservation.
  • Broken barrel vaults, ribbed vaults or dome pierced with an oculus; large and beautiful fireplaces; vast archer niches; latrines.
  • A shaft (corridor in the thickness of the walls) unique in Europe.

Mursay Castle

This manor house, today protected ruin garden, was in the 16th century the stronghold of Agrippa d'Aubigné, grandfather of Marquise de Maintenon, great poet of the Baroque period and squire of the future Henry IV who spent the happiest days of his life there in 1576.

Moreover, the Allée du Roy, an avenue of lime trees three hundred years old, bears this name in memory of his stay. Located on the left bank of the Sèvre, on a terrace placed on stilts out of the floods, below the Gallic path known as Magné, close to a ford, the old castle serving as an outpost for the Coudray-Salbart was transformed from 1596 to 1613 into a pleasure castle by Agrippa d'Aubigné who basted it strongly and conveniently to new ones.

Today, the Friends of Mursay Castle (Échiré) invite visitors to discover the outbuildings and surroundings of the castle, now a listed garden of ruins. Monument.

Lighthouse Imagery

Small heritage on the banks of the Sèvre

Along the banks of the Sèvre Niortaise, we discover a treasure of small heritage which bears witness to the history and traditional way of life of yesteryear. The charming ones stone houses, wash houses picturesque and old bridges create an enchanted atmosphere. It is a real pleasure to walk along the river and admire these testimonies from the past, which add a touch of authenticity to these villages.

The major events in the Sèvre Niortaise Valley

Le 28 July 2024

Flower Boat Festival in Saint-Maxire

Organized on the last Sunday of July since 1942, this traditional and popular festival invites visitors to admire the parade of boats, each decorated with 10 to 15 paper roses! The date July 000, 28 Flower Boat Festival in Saint-Maxire Once upon a time In 2024, the committee for mutual aid to prisoners…
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20 July 18 August 2024

The Medieval Quintilis and Sextilis in Echiré

Echiré, Château du Coudray-Salbart
The Medieval Quintilis and Sextilis are an invitation to travel to the time of the Hundred Years' War at the Château du Coudray-Salbart. Armaments camp, trebuchet shooting, stone cutting, coin minting...: the scene is set for ladies and gentlemen to immerse themselves in this troubled era of the end of the 14th century! THE…
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A cycle route that runs along the Sèvre Valley

Manfred Antranias Zimmer

Cycle Route 94

Discover our territory by bike by taking the cycle route 94 (V94), which connects Argenton-sur-Creuse to Niort. Whether you are planning a travel in roaming over several days or walk of a few hours, cross the Niort – Marais Poitevin Destination following the Sèvre Niortaise.

Culinary pride Made In Sèvre Niortaise Valley

Tara Devaud & Sébastien Merdrignac

Echiré butter

Échiré butter is a true culinary marvel, renowned for its exceptional quality. Made for over a century in the town of Chipped, this artisanal butter is appreciated by connoisseurs from all over the world for its nutty taste and its creamy texture which makes it an ingredient popular with chefs and food lovers. The secret of its fame lies in the traditional know-how in teak barrel churns and a selection of local dairy producers. A real treat to savor with relish.

The Poï'z invade the Sèvre Niortaise Valley

Discover the Sèvre Niortaise Valley with Terra Adventure. A game of geocaching unique which allows adventurers to set off discovery of unusual places. mingling play, hike and explore, Terra Aventura offers fun routes where participants must solve puzzles to find hidden treasures. This immersive experience offers a fun and interactive way to discover the region, combining the use of new technologies and the exploration of nature. ua captivating adventure for young and old, which also encourages the ddiscovery of heritage and environmental awareness.

Consult all the Terra Aventura routes of the Destination Niort – Marais Poitevin

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