Nest in the heart of the Deux-Sèvres in the Marais Poitevin Regional Nature Park, Niort is a complete tourist destination. The city is full of a exceptional heritage The result of a strong history marked over the centuries. It is also a particularly lively city with cultural events renamed. For the sport and nature lovers, it offers a wide range of walking, cycling, running and boating. Finally, resolutely ecological, it works for the preservation of the environment.
Focus on the history of Niort
Niort is one of France's must-visit cities for its many historic buildings and its nature atypical. It now tells 9 centuries of history through a rich medieval and religious heritage, but also a remarkable industrial heritage from the 19th century. Today, Niort is also particularly well known for being the capital of mutual insurance in France.
Not to be missed in Niort
When you visit Niort, don't miss these must-see sites to discover the city in all its details.
The Niort Dungeon, the only remaining part of the 12th century fortified castle of Niort offers fascinating information on the history of the region as well as a breathtaking views of the city from the terrace.
The Place de la Brèche is a popular place for locals and tourists to relax. There are water games, games for children... It is also a island of coolness important for the city thanks to these large green spaces with trees.
Port Boinot, is a river port, a former industrial site of the Boinot chamois and glove factories. It is the ideal starting point for a walk along the Sèvre Niortaise by canoe or kayak or by houseboat. The city of Niort received a special "Cœur de ville" award for Port Boinot in December 2022.
Finally, the "Epona - Secrets of our heritage" space is a museographic space highlighting the rich heritage of the 40 communes of the Communauté d'Agglomération de Niort. Each of these sites are located within a short distance of each other, allowing for multiple visits in a single day.
Niort, a starting point for spreading out over the territory
Niort is the ideal starting point for touring the region. By bike from Niort, reach the market garden villages the many cycle routes, including the famous the Vélo Francette from Ouistreham, on the emblematic Normandy Landing Beaches to La Rochelle .
Visit the nearby towns thanks to its many 100% bus lines free of charge. From the station, you can take a TER (regional train) which will take you to the many towns in the area. It is also possible to take the train with your bicycle, a few pedal strokes and you are already out of the ordinary! Moreover, if you come to visit us from the capital, you should know that Paris is less than 2 hours from Niort by TGV.
For a more unusual experience, board a barge habitable to enjoy a river cruise along the Sèvre Niortaise until the city of Marans in Charente-Maritime. The city advocates soft mobilityThis is an opportunity to put your car down and let yourself be carried through this great territory within everyone's reach.
Our favourites for discovering the city
On foot, on the water, while playing or with your smartphone, Niort gives you the opportunity to discover it as you wish. With family, friends, alone or as a couple, find the way that suits you best and on the road to conquering the city!
Petites chamoiseries entre Poï'z is the ideal Terra Aventura route for families to discover the history of the city's industrial past.
Niort, a sustainably committed city
The city of Niort is actively engaged in protecting the environment and promoting sustainable living. It has set up numerous projects to reduce its environmental impact such as the establishment of of green spaces to encourage biodiversity, the creation of a rental of electric bicycles in its city centre, the free public transport to encourage people to use their cars less or installation of photovoltaic panels on the roofs of public buildings. The city was the first agglomeration of its size to integrate the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. This approach is part of the "Niort durable 2030".