Marais Poitevin - Green Venice sightseeing
The Marais-Poitevin, can be explored by pedal boats, canoes or rowing boats. It is a unique environment with incredible biodiversity.
Many walks and hikes are starting from the campsite des Conches in Marais Poitevin.
The Marais poitevin is a unique destination that will reveal astonishing natural and architectural beauties…a holiday that you won’t forget any time soon!
Rowing boat trips in the Green Venice
To go on a boat trip, you will easily find landing stages near the campsite.
There is one in Damvix "La Grenouille bleu" at 350 meters, one in Arçais at 5km but also one in Mazeau, Maillezais, Colon etc
The Green Venice, a must-see authentic and charming place!
Located in the south of the Fontenay-le-Comte region, the Green Venice is a large nature reserve with many canals that offers tourists a relaxing and romantic getaway and a complete change of scenery.
The life of the Poitevin marshlands, developed around the water.
The best way to explore la Venise Verte is renting a rowing boat.
Explore the Marais Poitevin and the Green Venice on foot or by bike
Listed as "Grand site de France", the Marais Poitevin Regional Natural Park lies between the city of Niort and the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, it consists of three parts, each with its own character: Marais Desséché, Marais Mouillé, Baie de l'Aiguillon. This area of Vendée offers a wide range of walking and cycling paths.
Hiking is also a good solution to explore the Marais Poitevin and the richness of the region.
Hundreds of kilometers of hiking trails through a stunning landscape.
Easy marked paths for the whole family.
Biking in Marais Poitevin
You can also explore the Marais Poitevin by bike, there are more than 850 km of cycle paths and routes going between medieval castles and dungeons, winding and sometimes steep valleys...
You can almost go round the marsh on the loop starting from Damvix extending over 34 kilometers.
From Niort to La Rochelle via Damvix and the Conches campsite, the Vélo-Francette cycle route is ideal for exploring the region. This 90km fully marked route takes you through the Green Venice to the Atlantic Ocean.
From Damvix river port, you can follow the Vals d'Autise cycle route.
A 35km beautiful marked loop will take you to Maillezais and its amazing Abbey!
To make the most of the cycle paths during your stay in the heart of the Green Venice, book your holiday Campsite des Conches situated on the Vélo-Francette cycle route in Damvix!
Campsite with heated and covered swimming pool, pitches, mobile homes rental and motorhome service area in the Marais Poitevin.
Cycling routes & distances:
Niort - Coulon : about 19 km (1h15m)
Damvix -Coulon : about 18 km (1h10m)
Damvix - Niort : about 37 km (about 2h25m)
Visit the local heritage near campsite des Conches in the Green Venice: wash-houses, locks, fountains, foot bridges, and pigeon lofts.
For a city trip, a stopover or to go out, go to Fontenay le Comte and visit also its beautiful Terre-Neuve castle or go to Niort.
For an unforgettable family outing go to the Futuroscope located not far from camping des Conches in the Marais Poitevin.
Marais Poitevin bird park
Less than 10 km from Les Conches campsite near Maillezais and Coulon, holidaymakers who like wide-open spaces will love the Marais Poitevin bird park, a real nature discovery!
This 8-hectare bird park where more than 70 species from the Marais Poitevin and many other species live, will delight everyone!
Marais Poitevin bird park
In the Marais Poitevin bird park, you will see dozens of different bird species such as White-fronted Goose, Black-crowned Night Heron, White Stilt and Oystercatcher as well as animals of the region like the Poitou donkey, the Mulassier draught horse, the Marans hens and roosters.
How to visit the Marais Poitevin bird park?
Go on a 1h30 rowing boat tour with a guide-catcher and a regional products tasting. Between 7.00 am and 7.00 pm
Visite by yourself.
Rent a rowing boat or a canoe if you want to access more places.
For photography lovers
The bird park offers nature photography courses: learn basic concepts of photography, learn how to photograph birds in their natural environment (exposure. aperture, shutter speed, ISO., depth of field, focal length…)..very interesting course in an exceptional setting!
Eating at the bird park
The restaurant le RESTOLOGIQUE offers seasonal, organic and biological cuisine made with local products.
You can also bring your snack or sandwiches and go to the picnic area.