Located at the southern tip of the canton of Frontenay-Rohan-Rohanin a rural setting, on the edge of the Poitevin MarshesThe commune, consisting of three hamlets, is nestled in the Courance valleya tributary of the Sèvre Niortaise. The seigneury, first mentioned in 1093It is attached to the election of Saint-Jean-d'Angély and to the generality of La Rochelle. During the siege of Frontenay, in May 1242, Louis IX sleeps in the priory of the municipality. An altar is dedicated to him in the parish church, where he is said to have come to pray, contracted a nasty fever and vowed to go on a crusade if he recovered. In the village, visitors can take the main street called rue de Saint-Louis in memory of this royal visit. In partnership with the Parc Interrégional du Poitevin Marshes and as part of the environmental and architectural charter and planting programmes of the Syndicat de Pays du Marais poitevin des Deux-Sèvres, Vallans is committed to preserving the environment and biodiversity by encouraging short circuits with the restoration of the communal marsh (collective meadow dedicated to grazing) of 21 hectares located along the Courance (sowing of a meadow cover, construction of 2,400 m. of fencing by a team of AIPEMP integration projects, restoration of 400 m. of ditch encouraging the return of biodiversity and facilitating the watering of cattle, installation of a holding pen in January 2011 for the management of a block of collective grazing land...). The local population also shares this environmentalist ethos, with 24 families involved in the Nest Boxes in the Plain programme conducted by the CNRS. In 2018, the municipality is labelled Committed organic territory for having reached 29.45 % of its useful agricultural area under organic farming. Its streams, reaches, fountain, laundries and well are a healthy invitation to rest and meditation. Placed on the GR 36the municipality proposes three walking tours of 3, 6 and 8 km and is preparing a discovery circuit of the village. Also, Departmental 1which runs through it, is very popular with regional cyclo-tourists.
What to see in Vallans?
01. The Church of Our Lady
In the Middle Ages, the parish depended on the diocese of Saintes and thearchpriesthood of Mauzé. Its 12th century church is damaged by the Huguenots during the Wars of Religion. It is in large part rebuilt in the 19th century. From the Romanesque period, only the pillars with mutilated capitals and the square of the transept with its dome on pendentives remain.
Other sights to see:
- The restored castle of the former seigniory (in the heart of the village)
- Allerit Castle (large rectangular classical building built in 1780, dovecote in the courtyard and facing the house)
- The wash-houses at Le Bourg and Allerit
- The park in TeurtousThis 3-hectare site in the heart of the village centre is equipped with a public barbecue, children's play areas, a city stadium, a petanque pitch and a tennis court. The Société d'Education Populaire and local associations organise open-air events.
- Jeannot's orchard (conservatory orchard adjacent to the park and free of pesticides)