To discover our region, you should come to Hotel Du Moulin. Here you will find some special places to visit per day. Here are some nice ideas for you:
You can visit the Agesci Museum there you will find some amazing paintings, natural history. The Pilori receives many arts exhibitions of different artists.
You can also visit The Chateau Donjon, situated 200m far from us just next to the market (Halles). Every Thursday evening in July and August we celebrate the “Jeudis Niortais” and every two years in June we celebrate the Festival TECIVERDI near the old Chamoiseries BOINOT on the other side of the Sevres: (different shows, entertainments and concerts).
Just 15 minutes by car or why not on foot, if you want to take the COULEE VERTE (4hours walk) from our Hotel along to the Sevres. The MARAIS POITEVIN and its beautiful maze of channels will give you the opportunity to enjoy the silence and the freshness or our hot sunny days. You can even take a little boat ride with a travel guide who will show you the fauna and the flora. He will also tell you about our MARAIS secret history. You can make your boat or bike reservation in COULON (the capital of MARAIS POITEVIN), to discover our little villages of “maraichins” www.lemaraispoitevin.fr or you can take advantage of our little train which will drive you to the Marais around the beautiful church of COULON. 20 minutes away if you take the land direction, you will discover CELLES / BELLE and its abbey.
For our roman and art fans, few km away from CELLES BELLE you will see the PAYS MELLOIS. North of Niort you will discover La GATINE, it’s a green area but just before you will see our little village ECHIRE which is internationally known thanks to its great butter fabrication, served from the Elisée to the Manhattan Palace.
You can have a trip around Niort. If you want to discover more, you should visit the Vendée or the Charente coastline with its Isles (Oléron, Aix and Ré). It’s just next to us you don’t even need 1 hour from Niort. You can discover them with the Inter-Ilés cruise boat to see better the famous FORT-BOYARD, situated between Aix and Oléron (www.inter-iles.com).
On the continent near the Oléron Bridge, Marennes you’ll find the unforgetable Marennes-Oléron oysters. You should visit LA CITE DE L’HUîTRE (www.cite-huitre.com). Just 40 minutes from the City of LA ROCHELLE with its wonderful Ports: You will discover the old port with some coffee terraces and the Port of Minimes which receives every year in September one of the best Boat Shows in the world called, LE GRAND PAVOIS www.legrand-pavois.com. LA ROCHELLE is also well known for its amazing Aquarium www.aquarium-larochelle.com. Just 45 minutes away you will find Rochefort and its famous CORDERIE ROYALE www.corderie-royale.com you can also have a look at the HERMIONE, the full reconstructed ship of 15 Years work.
Just 1 hour away from Niort you can visit the city of COGNAC, it’s the city of the biggest Cognac companies like HENNESSY, REMY MARTIN, MARTELL or CAMUS. This city has many other nice places to visit like the COGNAC MUSEUM, situated on the docks of the Charente just next to HENNESSY. You also have the opportunity to discover more about our wine barrel production www.groupe-vicard.com. 50 minutes by car you will discover the city POITIERS and the amazing Park of FUTUROSCOPE.
An other internationally known Attraction Park is situated just 1 hour away from Niort called LE GRAND PARC DU PUY DU FOU www.puydufou.com