Balade en barque Marais poitevin
©Alexandre Lamoureux pour Vendée Expansion

Boat ride in the Green Venice

The Poitevin marsh is the perfect holiday destination to enjoy gentle and eco-friendly activities whether on foot, by bike or on horseback. Though the boat ride remains the most popular one.

In a maze of canals, you will discover a preserve area that is quite a sight to see. It’s the best way to cut yourself from the outside world…

A ride out of time


Discover the calm and wild atmosphere of the marshes during a delightful boat ride with or without a guide.

The Poitevin marsh’s beauty is revealed to those who take time to admire it, with its canal full of duckweed and its ash trees whose leaves create a dim atmosphere.

Where can you rent a punt to discover the green Venice ?

The “wet” Marsh also called “Green Venice” spreads on 3 department, Vendée, Deux-Sèvres and Charente Maritime.  More than twenty piers are accessible such as in Maillezais, le Mazeau, Damvix, Maillé, Saint-Sigismond, Arçais, Coulon, Magné, Marans…

All piers offer boat rides with or without a guide, for a length of 45 minutes up to 3 hours.