DEUX-SÈVRES Marais Poitevin

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The Marais Poitevin is of­ten called the «Green Venice» or the Venise Verte, and is known for its peace­ful canals, cycling paths and flat-bot­tom boats. It’s the sec­ond largest wet­land in France, and the recla­ma­tion of the marshes dates back to in­dus­tri­ous me­dieval monks. With its lush veg­e­ta­tion, this is a mag­i­cal spot for bird­watch­ing and en­joy­ing na­ture. The Marais Poitevin is di­vided into three sec­tions — the Wet Marsh or Marais Mouillé is where you’ll find the tra­di­tional flat-bot­tomed punts for hire. Visit the vil­lage of Coulon or the bird re­serve at Saint-hi­laire-la-palud.

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