Live a roaming experience! If you Poitevin marsh is best known for being visited in small boat, what about those who prefer dry land? There are other equally pleasant alternatives for discovering this territory: on foot, by bike, by running and even by houseboat! More than 9 km of tracks are dedicated to gentle movements. Experienced sportsman or Sunday hiker, the white paths, flat or slightly hilly, the conches and the canals are your playground for navigate, cycle, walk or run.

A traditional boat trip

La Destination Niort – Marais Poitevin is known to be discovered while being on the water! Over the Sèvre Niortaise, aboard a traditional boat, canoeing, electric boat (electrically powered for habitable barges) or a paddle boarding, you will live a incredible and unique experience.
In the Marais Poitevin, alone or accompanied by a boatman guide, embark to explore the canals, channels and conches aboard a boat also called a “flat”. This means of transport is the most typical for sink into the heart of the Marais. You now understand better why the nickname of this Natural Park is “The Green Venice” ? A nod to Venice and its famous gondolas.

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3 cycle routes to explore

The territory today has 900 kilometers of cycle paths with a set of routes marked out on very small asphalt roads and on white paths, resembling real greenways in crushed limestone, with the aim of facilitating the discovery of this incredible natural space.

Discover a unique territory, perfectly suitable for cycling. The destination lists 3 major routes called cycle routes. This network of cycle routes, always being improved, offers both long routes and loops. That you are as a family with children, with friends, as a couple or alone, you will inevitably find an itinerary adapted to your abilities!

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“No matter which cycle route you choose to take in the Marais Poitevin, each path reveals a unique nature full of surprises”


Get closer to nature

Explore the area’s trails on foot is one of the best ways to discover it: at your own pace, stroll around as you approach closer to nature and its beautiful landscapes, which, depending on the season, changes atmosphere. You will inevitably find a hiking trail that suits you as there are so many of them. Whether to visit the Marais Poitevin and nature landscapes ; Niort, urban capital with a rich historical heritage or even upstream of the Sèvre Niortaise, between plains and valleys!


Niort Trail Station – Marais Poitevin

Don't be surprised to see that it is possible to trail running in our territory which includes little difference in altitude. The trail is above all running in a natural environment, generally on dirt roads and hiking trails in the plains, in the forest or in the mountains.

La Niort Trail Station – Marais Poitevin, it's the experience of going run in the middle of preserved nature. A proposal for 20 marked trails et 2 workshops with varied difficulty totaling 290 km. A real playground for runners! The territory is one of the only ones in France that offers so many routes without elevation change over more than 100 km. Perfect for beginners or practicing with the family. It is also thanks to this low altitude difference that our trail station is the first to offer a significant number of courses adapted to different disabilities (motor, visual, etc.). Today, we identify 4 courses labeled disabled sports through Respect d’On Piste label. Know that trail courses can be done on foot, by bike and even Nordic walking!

Arcais Marais Poitevin Trail Station


Opt for the services of a guide

Every homeless family can be discovery completely independently or with a guide, according to your needs and preferences. Guided tour on foot, by bike or on water, by horse-drawn carriage or even by little train, discover the sector accompanied by a local expert. This solution is recommended to learn more about the history, habits and customs but also to discover in depth the fauna and flora that populate these lands.


Our fun and digital walks

More unusual, digital and fun courses are accessible via your smartphone or through board games ! Educational and adapted to all in familythese walks will allow you to facilitate the understanding of certain important points which shape this destination and it is also a way to learn while having fun!

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