In the north of the territory, you will find the Valley of the Sèvre Niortaise. Composed of 10 municipalities, these lands are endowed with a rich heritage. You will discover small discreet monuments but of the country soul of the villages.


The 10 villages of the Sèvre Niortaise Valley

Emblematic monuments

Municipality of Echiré
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The castle of Coudray-Salbart

Impressive 13th century fortress attributed to the legendary fairy Melusine, at the heart of the struggles between France and England, it controlled the crossing of the Sèvre Niortaise, the southern frontier of the Lords of Parthenay-Larchevêque.

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

The castle of Mursay

This gentleman's residence, today protected ruin gardenIn the 16th century, it was the fief of Agrippa d'Aubignés grandfather, the marquise of Maintenonthe 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, the alley of three hundred year old lime trees bears this name in memory of his stay. Situated on the left bank of the Sèvre, on a terrace on stilts above the floods, below the Gallic road known as Magné, close to a ford, the old castel was used as an outpost for the Coudray-Salbart was transformed from 1596 to 1613 into a château d'agrément by Agrippa d'Aubigné, who strongly and conveniently rebuilt it.

Today, the Friends of the Château de Mursay (Échiré) invite visitors to discover the outbuildings and the surroundings of the château, now a listed ruin garden Historical monument.

Lighthouse Imaging
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The small heritage along the Sèvre

Along the banks of the Sèvre Niortaise, the following can be found a treasure trove of small heritage which bears witness to the history and traditional way of life of yesteryear. The charming stone houses, laundries picturesque and ancient bridges create an enchanting atmosphere. It's a real pleasure to stroll along the river and admire these testimonies from the past, which add a a touch of authenticity to these villages.

Major events in the Sèvre Niortaise Valley

The 30 July 2023

Flower boat festival in Saint-Maxire

  • Saint-Maxire
Held on the last Sunday in July since 1942, this traditional and popular festival invites visitors to admire the parade of boats, each decorated with between 10 and 15,000 paper roses! The date Sunday 30 July 2023 (tbc) Flower boat festival in Saint-Maxire Once upon a time, in 1942, the Comité d'entraide...
Free
Bookable online

22 July 13 August 2023

The Quintilis and Sextilis Medieval Festival in Echiré

  • Echiré, Château du Coudray-Salbart
The Quintilis and Sextilis Medieval Festival is an invitation to travel back in time to the Hundred Years' War at the Château du Coudray-Salbart. Weapons camp, trebuchet shooting, stone cutting, coinage...: the stage is set for damsels and damsels to immerse themselves in the troubled times of the late 14th century! The...
From €4.50 to €9.00

A cycle route along the Sèvre Valley

Manfred Antranias Zimmer
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Cycle route 94

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

A culinary pride made in the Sèvre Niortaise Valley

Tara Devaud & Sébastien Merdrignac
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Echiré butter

Échiré butter is a culinary marvel, renowned for its flavour, its texture and its texture. outstanding quality. Made for more than a century in the commune of Échiré, this artisanal butter is appreciated by the connoisseurs from around the world for its nutty taste and creamy texture that make it an ideal ingredient for prized by chefs and food lovers. The secret of its fame lies in the traditional know-how in teak churns and a selection of local dairy producers. A real treat to savour with relish.

Poï'z invade the Sèvre Niortaise Valley

Discover the Sèvre Niortaise Valley with Terra Aventura. A set of geocaching that allows adventurers to go on a journey of discovery. discovery of unusual places. Combining playing, hiking and exploring, Terra Aventura offers playful 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 with the exploration of nature.A captivating adventure for young and old, which also encourages the development of theaim is to discover our heritage and raise awareness of the environment.

Consult all the Terra Aventura courses of the Destination Niort - Marais Poitevin

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