Poitiers in west-central France is an effortless mix of old and new. The city is home to a cluster of Romanesque churches, the most popular being the Église NotreDame-la-Grande. Built in the 11th and 12th centuries, the church boasts a magnificently ornate facade depicting saints and scenes from the Bible. Set on the market square in the town’s old town, it offers a scenic setting for church-goers, while a colourful light show during Christmastime and summer evenings brings everyone together.
Poitiers has the second oldest university in France after Paris (it was established in 1432) and students account for 25% of the town’s 90,386 residents. Having such a youthful population has compelled Poitiers to move with the times while still conserving its old-world charm and a lively nightlife is enjoyed by all. Cafés, restaurants and bars are busy all year.
One of the main attractions for the young at heart is the high-tech Futuroscope theme park that lies 10km to the north of Poitiers. Dedicated to the moving picture with both 3D and 4D screens, it is a guaranteed hit with any teenagers that may be making the move to France with you!