THINGS TO DO
THE GREEN VENICE - VENISE VERTE
Nestling at the heart of the Poitevin Marsh Inter-regional Park, between Niort and Aiguillon Bay, the Green Venice, or wet marsh, is a haven of peace to discover by foot, bicycle, boat or canoe. Located in France's second biggest humid zone, this protected natural area, full of peaceful, mysterious landscapes steeped in fairy-tales and legends, is a lovely place for daydreaming... Its mazes of secret canals, romantic narrow canals lined with duckweed, as well as its rows of ash trees, willows and poplars, give it a unique charm! An unmissable part of any stay in the Poitevin Marsh, Coulon, the capital of Green Venice, is a typical town with pretty houses, on the banks of the Sèvre Niortaise. It is the ideal starting point for a boat ride in Green Venice, and you will also find the House of the Poitevin Marsh there, an unmissable place for anyone who wants to get to know the history and secrets of this verdant territory
Lots of local rivers, streams and the sea to have a go at fishing. Fishing licences, bait and tackle are available at local shops.
ZOO LA PALMYRE
Zoo La Palmyra is a little further away (1hr 40) but it is well worth a visit. Feed the giraffes and goats, watch the sealion or bird shows or take selfie with a monkey! There is food and drinks available but I would recommend taking a picnic as it can get rather busy during the summer.