DEUX-SÈVRES Marais Poitevin
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.