A delightful and peaceful little department of France, Deux-Sevres has still has much to offer in the way of history, culture, culinary delights and pleasant pastoral surroundings.
- 1 Niort, the main city, is a good-looking market town with a defensive keep and twin-steepled church.
- 2 Bressuire
- 3 Parthenay
- 4 Thouars, a small city which was gave its name to the Toarcian age due to its palaeontologic sites. Already inhabited 5000 years ago, it became the strongest city in the whole Aquitaine region during the 8th century. It features many medieval artifacts such the city walls and Roman churches. The Château des Ducs de La Trémoille, built in 1638, has a 110-m-high facade dominating the Thouet river and Pont des Chouans, where a decisive battle took place during the French Revolution. A must-see is the street market, every Tuesday and Friday morning, in the historic "Halles" building.
- 5 Saint Maixent l’École
- 6 Cerizay
- 7 Melle
Argenton Chateau - in the new canton of Argenton Les Vallees is a pretty town perched on a rocky outcrop around which 2 rivers snake. The town centre has a small market every Thursday, and a ruined chateau and chapel. The views from the town square over the surrounding countryside are lovely on a clear day and the town retains a pleasant pace of life. There is an Art School run from a beautifully refurbished building in the town centre with courses offered throughout the year.
To Poitiers with RyanAir - best for those visiting the south of the region.
Holiday gites in the Deux-Sevres [dead link] - 2 holiday homes available to rent with access to a heated outdoor pool, sleeping groups of 4 - 10. Both houses are adapted for wheelchair users and are also available for corporate bookings.
Les Cygnes Vacation Rentals - 3 beautiful carbon-neutral, eco-friendly, self-catering gites with pool in the peaceful Poitou-Charentes countryside.