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La Couarde

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Situated near the forest of Hermitain, La Couarde is a small town very pleasant, situated between Saint-Maixent-l'Ecole, La Mothe-Saint-Héray and Melle.

The town has existed since 1793 and the village of Goux has been attached in 1890.

The inhabitants of La Couarde are called "Cowards".

La Couarde Temple: Built in the early 20th century, the temple houses a part of La Couarde Protestantism Museum Poitevin including the history of the period known as the "desert" where they held secret meetings. A genealogy center has also found a place.

Geographical information

MunicipalityLa Couarde
Latitude46.3182100 (N 46° 19’ 6”)
Longitude-0.1570419 (W 0° 9’ 25”)
AltitudeFrom 119m to 189m
Surface area16.36 km²
Population271 inhabitants
Density16 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureNiort (30 km, 30 min)
Insee code79098
IntercommunalityCC du Mellois

Nearest cities & towns

Beaussais-Vitré3.7 km (6 min)
Prailles5.7 km (9 min)
Thorigné9 km (14 min)
Souvigné9 km (10 min)
La Mothe-Saint-Héray9.6 km (13 min)
Sepvret10.3 km (12 min)
Celles-sur-Belle10.6 km (14 min)
Exoudun11.7 km (17 min)
Saint-Martin-de-Saint-Maixent11.9 km (13 min)
Saint-Martin-lès-Melle12.2 km (13 min)
Melle12.7 km (13 min)
Mougon13 km (20 min)
Salles13.2 km (18 min)

Things to see and do

Museum of Protestantism Poitevin.

Events and festivities

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Spider trail in the trees
Sports sensations8 € to 20 € Taizé-Aizie (42 km)
Inquiry Game Agent R
Entertainment10 € to 12 € Poitiers (48 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Laves Wood
HikeEasy1h00La Taillée (60 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals