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Coulon, Green Venice

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Coulon tour of discovery

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The Marais Poitevin, Tour of Discovery

The Marais Poitevin is much closer than one generally thinks to the resorts of the coast of Charente-Maritime.

We suggest you take our one-day tour of discovery in the Marais Mouillé (wet marsh), in the part which is most typical and disorientating, the Venice Verte (Green Venice).

Our point of departure is the town of Mauzé-sur-le-Mignon, well situated on the N11 road to quickly reach the Green Venice.

The distances to reach Coulon, "Capital" of the Green Venice are as follows :

Royan – Coulon, by Rochefort, Surgères, Mauzé: 100 km

Rochefort - Coulon, by Surgères, Mauzé: 60 km

La Rochelle – Coulon, Mauzé: 55 km

The proposed circuit, from Mauzé-sur-le-Mignon to Mauzé-sur-le-Mignon, is about 80 to 100 km, depending on the detours that you may be tempted to make on the spur of the moment.

You'll have plenty of time to enjoy an unforgettable trip in a boat and to taste the local specialities in one of the good restaurants of the villages.

You'll pass through three departments of the Marais Poitevin, Deux-Sèvres, Vendee and Charente-Maritime without noticing any visible change.

At Mauzé-sur-le-Mignon, go eastward on the N11 for a dozen km until Epannes.

After the ascent to Epannes, leave the N11 to turn left on to the D1 which goes to Coulon by Sansais and Garette.

Leave Coulon by taking the D123, in a westerly direction towards Irleau, the Le Vanneau, Arçais.

The D123 goes along the right bank of the river Sèvre Niortaise for approximately 8km.

This touristic road really has to be taken in order to see the typical sights which it offers of the marsh, as for example "The house with the blue shutters".

After the bridge on the Sèvre Niortaise, continue along the D123 on the right bank and rejoin, after Irleau, the D102 which goes to Arçais.

From Arçais, you can, if you began early enough in the morning, drive to Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud and back which is 4 km away.

After Arçais, continue on the D102, direction Damvix.

The D102 follows the left bank of the Sèvre Niortaise, then take the D104 which goes to Damvix.

At this point we leave the department of Deux-Sèvres to enter that of Vendee.

At Damvix, take the D25 continuing westward, direction Maillezais, up to the crossroads with the D15 which goes to Maillezais.

At Mailllezais you return towards Sèvre Niortaise by the same D15, direction La Ronde.

You will cross again the Sèvre Niortaise in the locality of La Croix des Marys, to join the left bank.

At this point, one leaves Vendee to enter Charente-Maritime.

You can immediately join La Ronde, Courçon and Mauzé, but we would like to recommend to you a route which will let you discover the wild Marais Poitevin, outside the tourist circuits.

For this purpose, immediately after the second bridge on the Sèvre Niortaise, take the small road on the left at the sign post " Venise Verte ", "Marais Bazoin".

Follow the small road which goes along the canal du Mignon, up to the jetty of the Marais Bazoin, then continue along the small road which joins La Ronde, passing through the hamlets of Caillaude and Chalogne.

After La Ronde, take the D116 until Courçon, then the D114, direction Laigne.

The D114 joins the N11 which goes to Mauzé-sur-le-Mignon.

The traditional boat trip

For a traditional boat trip, you've a wide selection of jetties in the various villages, which offer varied formulae, adapted to your wishes of the moment.

You can also rent boats and canoes without a guide-skipper.
For the first time, it's obviously better to take a tour with a guide-skipper!

During the tourist peak season, it is wise to make the boat trip in the morning or to choose a jetty in a hamlet a little away from the most frequented places.


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