Bird-Watching, Marsland Fauna & Flora
The Marais Poitevin is a paradise for nature lovers.
Discover its ornithological parks & quiet waterways.
Boating, Cycling, Walking along shady lanes.
Hire a punt, canoe or bike or try your hand at Boules.
Atlantic Islands and Wild Sandy Dunes
Escape to the 2 beautiful islands of Ré and Oléron
linked by bridges near La ROCHELLE & ROCHEFORT.
Seaside Promenades,Cafés & Seafood Platters
Chatelaillon Plage is ideal for all the family
Enjoy a fine sandy beach, ice creams and cool drinks.
April -June... Discover the glory of Spring…
OLERON ISLAND...Storks fly in and nest on the pylons of the marshes near the Marenne oyster beds.
COULON MARATHON, Sun 18th June...Join the pasta Party before the run through the peaceful greenery of the Marais Poitevin. www.maraisthon.com
July -September...Enjoy the hot summer…
PARTHENAY 2nd 9th July...The medieval town is alive with every sport or game imaginable played in the streets or under canvas.
LA ROCHELLE 11-16th July... The Franco Follies Music Festival and street artists liven up the old port.
The vegetarian Ragondins
We seek him here, we seek him there. Everyone who visits the Marais Poitevin is on the lookout for the famous Ragondins. If you venture into the marshes before breakfast or in the early evening, and keep very quiet, you are sure to see this furry herbivore with big teeth. You may even come across a family group of Ragondins enjoying the warm morning sun and making their way down to the water. His only predator is the Alligator and fortunately for them and us, none have been seen yet.