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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Deux-Sèvres

Coulon - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Deux-Sèvres

High place of tourism in the marsh poitevin, Coulon takes place in New Aquitaine, in the department of Deux-Sèvres. Considered the capital of the green Venice, the town is located in the district of Niort, in the center of the wet marsh.

Labeled Small town of character and Most beautiful village of France, Coulon is today mainly focused on tourism, and especially green tourism. The proximity to the Poitevin marsh attracts visitors from all over the world throughout the year to discover this region with unique landscapes.

In addition to its preserved environment to discover the time of walks in flat boats, the commune of Coulon also presents an architectural heritage of great interest that unveils the traditional constructions of this part of Deux-Sèvres.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude46.3219459 (N 46° 19’ 19”)
Longitude-0.5855340 (W 0° 35’ 8”)
Surface area29.79 km²
Population2319 inhabitants
Density77 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureNiort (14.5 km, 23 min)
Insee code79100
IntercommunalityCA du Niortais

Nearest cities & towns

Magné4.1 km (8 min)
Benet6.2 km (8 min)
Sansais6.7 km (8 min)
Bessines7.6 km (12 min)
Saint-Rémy8 km (10 min)
Le Vanneau-Irleau10.4 km (13 min)
Amuré10.6 km (14 min)
Arçais11 km (17 min)
Le Mazeau11.7 km (14 min)
Épannes12.3 km (14 min)
Bouillé-Courdault12.5 km (17 min)
Frontenay-Rohan-Rohan12.6 km (16 min)
Saint-Georges-de-Rex12.6 km (16 min)
Villiers-en-Plaine13.2 km (14 min)

Things to see and do

Opened to the public in the late 1980s, the house of the Marais poitevin takes place in the former residence of collectors of customary law of the fourteenth century. The building now houses an expanded ecomuseum in the mid-1990s. There are permanent and temporary exhibitions around Maraischine life from the 19th century to the present day through inland navigation, eel fishing, Maraiscope or the typical interior of a maraischine house. The old manor house, very old, still features original features such as a dovecote or Renaissance window.

Numerous times rebuilt, the church of the Holy Trinity dates back to the beginning of the ninth century. Used as a hay barn during the French Revolution, it was largely rebuilt in the 19th century. The building is equipped with a watchtower and has been listed in the Historic Monuments.

Walking through the town, you will be able to appreciate several pedestrian alleys of ancient aspect, two megalithic sites, or the very pleasant walk of the quay Louis-Tardy.

Watered by the Sèvre Niortaise, Coulon allows to appreciate the wet marsh through walks in flat boats, by bike or even on foot thanks to various marked hiking trails. You can appreciate the local flora and fauna such as poplars, wild irises, coypu and sheep.

Places of interest

Natural sites

Events and festivities

The weekly market takes place on Fridays all day and Sunday mornings. A second-hand market is offered every month. A market crafts and flavors takes place in June, featuring entertainment for children, or even musical performances. In July and August, creators' markets are organized.

In May, the festival of the polar in the swamp of the investigations and mysteries in the marsh poitevin.

The festival of the center offers animations at the beginning of June.

The Maraisthon offers races of various lengths through the Poitevin marshes.

The marsh nocturnal rally allows, during the month of June, to traverse the places in canoe-kayak.

At the beginning of July, the Miget festival allows you to enjoy many entertainments.

Marché de Noël de Coulon


Boats on the river Coulon
Boats on the river Coulon
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Navigation on the river Coulon
Navigation on the river Coulon
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Cow in the Marais Poitevin
Cow in the Marais Poitevin
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The Blue House
The Blue House
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Visit Coulon
Visit Coulon
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Wednesday 29 november
Min. 1°C - Max. 7°C
Thursday 30 november
Min. 3°C - Max. 8°C
Friday 1 december
Min. 2°C - Max. 8°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Horse-drawn carriage trips in Sud-Vendée
Nature and the great outdoors175 € to 1035 € Sainte-Hermine (45 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Sentier Jean dos Bois
HikeIntermediate3:45Saint-Michel-le-Cloucq (22 km)
The Golden Ball - The Ford of Velluire
HikeEasy1:05Le Gué-de-Velluire (27 km)
The Wood of Lavas - La Taillée
HikeEasy1:05La Taillée (27 km)
Laves Wood
HikeEasy1:00La Taillée (27 km)
Circuit of Puyrolland
HikeEasy3:45Puyrolland (33 km)


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