Welcome aboard for a family boat trip through the Marais Poitevin
What can be said about this little corner of paradise, where time stands still for those who take the time to enjoy it. Forget the stresses and cares of everyday life and immerse yourself in the unspoilt natural surroundings of ‘Venise Verte’ ! The best way to enjoy the Marais Mouillé to the full is to take a trip in a traditional punt to discover the mysterious, unique maze of channels – a truly memorable experience.
Climb aboard with family or friends at one of the thirteen quays in Deux-Sèvres. Go along the ‘conches’ (narrow canals) of the Marais in the morning or evening to catch sight of the abundant local wildlife. Children and grownups will be enthralled to listen to the history of the Marais Mouillé recounted by a boatman as he propels the punt along with a pole.
Venise Verte – a land of enchantment !
Couples seeking a romantic getaway need look no further. The writer Ernest Pérochon described the Cathedral of Greenery: « In the Marais there are hundreds of similar little canals and we have every right to say that it is very beautiful, particularly as on several occasions great people who have travelled far and wide made no secret of their admiration of this delightful place ».
Discover the ecology of the Marais in the company of a knowledgeable boatman-guide who will tell you all about the people who work there, fishing techniques and how Man has changed the landscape. You will be experts on dragonflies, eels and coypu and can even experience the curious phenomenon of « fire on the water »… !
If you fancy having a go at punting, then hire one to explore the canals by yourself.
An early morning boat ride is the best way to observe wildlife. The beautiful scenery is definitely worth getting up early for. Admire the sunset while sitting in a punt at twilight – a wonderful way to discover the Marais!