Live at the gentle rhythm
of water and birdsong

The village of Coulon (capital of the wet marshland), built around an astonishing 11th Century church, is tucked away in the meanders of the Sèvre Niortaise in the heart of the Poitevin Marshland, just a few kilometres from Niort.

You will not find gondolas here in “Green Venice,” but rather little boats called plates (meaning “flat”) slowly drifting through the lush, peaceful Poitevin Marshes, classified “Grand site de France” by the French government.

At the water’s edge, marvel at meadows lined with poplars and willows, boatmen’s houses, villages, romantic landscapes… and just further, La Rochelle et Poitiers.


Interesting places to visit in Coulon include the alleyways of the old town, the Holy Trinity Church, the Poitevin Marshland House, the Louis Tardy wharf, The Conserverie des Saveurs cannery, the Sotterie dam lock…