The new "Niort chamois and glove-making" exhibition at Port Boinot in Niort

The industrial heritage of Niort will once again be in the spotlight, following the exhibition on the Brenet Brushworks. The Théophile Boinot room in the Séchoir building will be reborn with its past. From 15 September until the end of December, the exhibition will focus on the manufacture of chamois and gloves in Niort and the techniques used to make them. Photographs, films,...

A ride in the Marais Poitevin

You've probably already tried walking, cycling or even paddling to explore the Marais Poitevin. But have you ever done it on horseback? I've tested out a horse-riding tour of the Marais for you with Relais Equestre Equinoxe. If you listened to me, you'd already have the reins in your hand and a bomb on your...

Journey back in time to meet the trades of yesteryear

For three days, the Château du Coudray-Salbart returned to its medieval roots and immersed visitors in the daily life of the Middle Ages. The setting is set: you are in the heart of a 12th-century fortress that was once one of the most powerful and original fortresses of its time. In the Lower Courtyard,...

Yarol Poupaud, event of the summer in Coulon

It's the event of the summer in Coulon: the closing concert of the gourmet markets! What's it all about? Because the star of the evening is Yarol Poupaud! If I say "light the fire, light the fire", you're thinking of? Johnny Hallyday, of course! Well, yes, Yarol Poupaud has a...

A day of trail running in Niort

The Trail Niortais "Les Venelles de Niort" route "To get the day off to a good start, head to the magnificent Halles market in Niort for a coffee and then head slowly towards the magnificent new Port Boinot. There's no better way to discover the city than on foot, and this is a route not to be missed!

The best van spots in the Marais Poitevin

The Marais Poitevin is full of small, peaceful spots in the heart of nature where you can sleep in a van or a camper van. It is the ideal destination to get away from it all and recharge your batteries for a few days in peace and quiet. In order to spend a peaceful night in this regional nature park, we recommend three different...

Bike ride Arçais - Damvix - St-Hilaire-la-Palud

Because of its flat terrain, cycling in the Marais Poitevin is a pleasant experience. We have tested for you a route on the border between the Vendée and the Deux-Sèvres passing through Arçais, Damvix and Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud. In the heart of the marsh, these three villages are very popular in spring, because they are market gardens and full of...

From Niort to Coulon by bike

What better way to (re)discover the Marais Poitevin than by bike? I suggest you follow our itinerary for the day. The starting point is the newly renovated Port Boinot? You can relax and enjoy a drink at the Ilot Sauvage* before setting off. Head for the capital of wet marshes: Coulon. You'll fall in love with the small...

The dazzling saga of Panzani: a small family business that became a multinational

This week, the Tourist Office brings you the fourth article in its series of portraits of local personalities who have left their mark on local and even national history. The character we are sketching today is Giovanni Ubaldo Panzani, founder in Niort of a small family pasta business that became a multinational! Giovanni Ubaldo Panzani, born in...

Frank Ayroles and "Les Dames de la Brèche

Franck Ayroles, born in 1975, is a professional visual artist, originally from Saint-Nazaire and currently living in Niort. He first studied advertising and cinema, and worked as a set designer on several medium-length films, including one with the actor Philippe Lemaire. 1998 saw him devote himself to painting, a passion that has followed him since his youth....

The Jardin des Plantes at the heart of the future urban nature park of Niort

Let's take advantage of the mild weather in September to walk the winding paths of the Jardin des Plantes in Niort and take a closer look at the history of this park, which is bordered by the Coulée Verte and is part of the project to create a natural urban park along the Sèvre niortaise. Originally, this garden was...

Digital walks for the whole family!

After a week of cold and snow, the weather is now milder and we can go outside again. For some, it's still the holidays and therefore the opportunity for a family outing! Today, I present three original routes to discover or rediscover our destination. 01. In Coulon with Baludik Coulon, the capital of...

The fairies of the Enchanted Alley!

With the arrival of the festive season, I invite you to (re)discover an unusual and magical event in the spirit of Christmas and... the Marais Poitevin. Let yourself be carried towards the Enchanted Alley! Forget about real or synthetic trees. Here, for Christmas, we decorate a more majestic tree, the king of the Marais: I named the pollard ash of course!

The Scofa: a sacred cake!

Scofa. But what is behind this mysterious name? Nothing could be simpler, they are the initials of all the ingredients present in this cake. Let me explain: S for Sugar, C for Caramel or Cream depending on the version, O for Egg, F for Flour, A for Almond. The Scofa looks like a mille-feuille. The sheets are made from a meringue pastry on top of a...

Autumn walk: The hidden paths of Sainte-Pezenne

The September sun always makes us want to go for a walk in the countryside! For the occasion, why not take you to discover the paths of Sainte-Pezenne? Its shady alleys are full of history and lend themselves to peaceful, bucolic walks between the forest and the banks of the Sèvre. Follow the guide! Divided into 3 distinct circuits ("History and...

Frontenay-Rohan-Rohan, the little town with a lot to say

The sun is out, can you feel the Marais Poitevin calling you? Come and venture into the greenery, the purity and the history of the region. This week, I suggest you discover a small town with many secrets: Frontenay-Rohan-Rohan. Behind this curious name lies a fascinating past. Kings, lords, soldiers and many others...

Rise up with the stand-up paddle!

Today, I tested for you a very trendy sport: the stand-up paddle! In fact, it's a long board on which you have to stand upright and balance, which is not always easy! There are some for all levels, Niort Plage proposes a 1h initiation with an instructor for those who have never tried it before...

The mogette, it's a real treat!

We all know this famous white bean called "mogette" for some, or "lingot" for others. But if I'm talking to you today about this dry vegetable, it's for a good reason: September is the month of its harvest. But in reality, do we really know this vegetable? Presentation... 01. Origin The importation of beans into France dates back to...

From Coulon to La Garette, a discovery trail on foot

Back to school. Good resolutions... but also the desire to extend the holidays a little longer by taking advantage of the beautiful days of September. So, how about a walk? Today I'd like to take you on a tour of two of the best-known villages in the Marais Poitevin: Coulon and La Garette...

The small restological park of the Ornithological Park

If you are curious, you will have noticed that the bird park "Les Oiseaux du Marais poitevin" in Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud is one of the must-sees in our region. With its 70 species of birds as well as an abundant flora spread over 8 hectares, our eyes have plenty to marvel at. But the reason I'm here today to talk about this is that there is something...

The Marais Poitevin: a fisherman's paradise

The Marais Poitevin and its 4,000 kilometres of canals offer an ideal setting for fishing. Whether on foot or in a boat, tranquillity, lush vegetation and fish are always present. To discuss this subject, I went to meet the manager of the fishing shop "Au bon pêcheur" in the village of Magné. Daniel Roy, the shopkeeper, talks about the...

Romantic break in Niort

As Valentine's Day approaches, we're often looking for something original to treat our partner. Last week, I gave you an idea for a trip to the heart of Green Venice, a dinner in a restaurant or a romantic stroll... This time, I'm going to show you a few places in the town of Niort....

Horseback riding in the Niort plain

On Tuesday morning, 6 January 2014, I was heading for Saint-Rémy, on the outskirts of Niort and on the edge of the Marais Poitevin, at the invitation of Laurence Robert, who runs the Relais Equestre Equinoxe. Laurence offered to help me discover the joys of horse riding. Great, I'd never been on a horse before!

The Grimolle poitevine, we lick our lips!

When I was asked to write an article for the blog, the idea immediately came to me to make a recipe. As an amateur pastry chef, it was an opportunity to demonstrate my skills to my colleagues. But there was still one thing to figure out: what to do? We are in the middle of apple season, so I already had my main ingredient. After some thought, I decided to...

The Tête de Mule, a new beer from the Marais Poitevin

The Brasserie du Marais Poitevin is back in business! After its closure at the end of 2013, no more beer from the Marais Poitevin was being produced. This was without counting on Sébastien Courtin, 38 years old and originally from Saint-Pompain, who has been passionate about beer for over 10 years. After obtaining a university diploma in brewery operation at the University of La Rochelle, Sébastien has just reopened the brewery with his wife, a...

Niort plage, the beach in the city all summer long

Niort plage. For several days now, signs have been popping up all over Niort with this inscription. So there's a beach in Niort? Yes, there is! Every summer for the past 9 years, a 600 m2 beach has been set up at Pré Leroy, to the delight of all those who stay in the city in the summer. Since 8 July...

Angelica, marquee of plants

Taking advantage of a few days holiday in the heart of the Green Venice, Mr Loyal yours truly decided to discover the surroundings. For my journey, I went to the tourist office to buy an IGN map to direct me through this labyrinth of greenery. And also a topo-guide, a very nice book full of information on the history, the traditions, the...

In the footsteps of the dragon of Niort

Originally from Cholet, I arrived in Niort at the end of September for a long-term internship at the tourist office. I gradually discovered the city, its particularities and of course its bronze dragons. Why dragons in Niort? I had never really asked myself that question. Until I was asked to write an article for a magazine...

The French people's favourite village, filming secrets in Arçais

Privileged moments that I want to share with you: 1 day and a half of filming for the preparation of the program "Le village préféré des français" presented by Stéphane Bern, which will be broadcasted at the end of June on France 2. Location of the shooting: the village of Arçais, labelled as a small town of character since January. Arçais will be...

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