Beautiful landscapes between hedges, sea, plains and forests.
Honoured with the prestigious titles of "Town of Art and History" ("Ville d’Art et d’Histoire") and "Most Beautiful Detours in France" ("Plus Beaux Détours de France"), Fontenay le Comte, nicknamed the Architectural Pearl of Vendée, is especially renowned for its Renaissance style. Nonetheless, each of the successive eras it has lived through has contributed towards the diverse heritage of the town: the archways of Place Belliard, the timbered houses, the Hotel Gobin-Fourestier, which faces onto the Fontaine des Quatre Tias ("Fountain of the Four Pipes"), the emblem of the city, the castle ruins in the Parc Baron, and Terre-Neuve Castle, which was once home to Belgian writer Georges Simenon.
The following sites are located nearby in the surrounding countryside: Vouvant, a medieval town, which is one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in France" ("Plus beaux villages de France") and has also been declared a "Small Town of Character" ("Petite Cité de Caractère"), as well as Foussais-Payré, a Renaissance style town, and of course Mervent, which has received the title of "Green holiday destination" ("Station Verte").
The second largest wetland in France after the Camargue, extending over a surface area of 100,000 hectares, the Poitevn marshlands are an exceptional region of outstanding ecological diversity.
You can share and experience this region all year round in the way that best suits you. Our region offers numerous outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy: boating, fishing, birdwatching, canoeing, hiking, horse riding, horse-drawn carriage rides, biking and many more. Each of these activities will immerse you in a different world.
The Poitevin marshlands have been honoured with two titles: "Grand Site of France" ("Grand Site de France") and European Tourist Destination of Excellence