Discover the Green Venice in the Marais poitevin

Discover the Green Venice in the Marais poitevin

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10 April 2018

Located in the heart of the Marais poitevin Regional Natural Park, the Green Venice is a must see in your trip in the Marais poitevin. This part of the Marsh is certainly the most attractive part for vacationers coming in Vendée, Charente-Maritime or the Deux-Sèvres. With its canals, its vegetation and its unique atmosphere, it’s hard to resist to the charm of the Green Venice!

Visit the Green Venice in the Marais poitevin along waterway

If the Green Venice is aptly named it’s in part because of its canals. Waterways following villages such as Arçais, La Garette, Magné or Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud!
Discover the varied landscapes of the Marais poitevin by renting a boat in one of the villages of the Green Venice. A magical trip is coming for you! Once aboard the boat, let the water’s murmur and the call of birds carry you in the heart of a true cathedral of greenery…


Promenade en barque en famille dans le Marais poitevin

You will discover along the waterways the luxuriant vegetation of the Marsh, between tadpole-trimmed ash trees, willows and alders. You will pass near the pastures where you will see the diversity of local farming.

But a boat trip is not the only way to discover the Green Venice of the Marais poitevin. A walk along the trails, a picnic on the banks, or even strolling in the villages… There are many ways to visit the Green Venice.

The Green Venice, a territory labelled “Grand Site de France”

The Green Venice – a touristic term created in 1902 by Henri Clouzot – is just a part of the vast Marais poitevin Regional Natural Park. On one side, the Aiguillon Bay is an internationally important site for bird migration. On the other side, the dry marsh – created and managed by men over the centuries for agriculture and farming – represents the largest part of the Marais poitevin. Finally, the wet marsh is the most renowned part of the Marais poitevin, a true aquatic maze with, in its easternmost par, the touristic emblem called the Green Venice.

But what could have been just a patchwork of canals turned out to be a real asset for the Marais poitevin area. Now, more and more visitors enjoy walking across or navigating in the Green Venice and its surroundings. This territory has been labelled “Grand Site de France” since 2010!


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