Liven up your holidays!


Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Deux-Sèvres

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


The sweetness of life is set to Melle. The town enjoys an exceptional natural environment. Soft hills covered with chestnut woods, the fertile meadows surround the town with a gently rolling landscape. Built on a promontory, the town is crossed by three rivers that adorn the landscape of groves. City of art and history, Melle has a rich and unusual historical heritage. Its history will enlighten you on the curiosities that the commune shelters. Present since ancient times, the city exploited its silver mines during the Middle Ages. Galena, that is to say, the lead containing silver, was extracted and then shaped to make change. This minting activity lasted until 1189 when the activity was relocated to other cities in France. Later, Melle became an important center for donkey breeding so much that its reputation and fairs went beyond the country's borders. The mechanization of agriculture put an end to this economic boom. Today, Melle focuses on tourism. Resort and discovery, Melle has many assets that will seduce you.


The municipality of Saint-Léger-les-Melle, following its merger with the Enclave de la Martinière from 1 January 1973, became Saint-Léger-de-la-Martinière.

With about 1,100 inhabitants, on an area of ​​2500 hectares, the town is located on a plateau with an altitude of 160 meters.

It is hollowed out by three deep valleys, in which small rivers flow.

Two of them, the Mareuil and the Bignon, form the Légère at Saint-Léger. La Légère, after having crossed the pond of the Rhodia factory, will throw itself in the Berlande at a place called Canteau in the municipality of Paizay-le-Tort.

In the 3rd valley runs the Béronne, fed by the brook of the fountain of Triangle and several small fountains, very popular with fishermen, especially at the foot of Pied Pouzin.

The commune is rural. It still has 24 farms in its villages with goat herds, dairy and lactating cows, beef cattle and a large part of cereals. In this area are also 5 craftsmen (masons, cabinetmaker, lumberjack).

The industrial zone "Rhodia" and the commercial and craft area (which counts about thirty businesses and shops), as well as the town, the city Pierre Brune and the Clos de la Talle, characterize the urban side of the town.

Saint-Léger-la-Martinière is located on the D950 between Poitiers and Saintes. In the crossing of the village, the road takes the name of the Great Way St Jacques de Compostela.

On each side there were old inns that turned into houses, town hall and multipurpose room with its dovecote, falconry next to the bakehouse, flower garden and bowling. On the shaded place of lime trees is the church of the twelfth century.

Today Saint-Léger-de-la-Martinière has 1050 inhabitants. The presence on the territory of "Usines de Melle", which was originally a sugar refinery, and the merger in 1972 with the commune of Enclave de Martinière contributed to the demographic expansion.

There are still many historical remains in the woods of Melle and the woods of the guard, ditches testify to the existence of defensive enclosures. In the valley of the Light of the entrances of galleries of extraction, as well as deposits of earth of mines testify to the presence for centuries of researchers of lead silver. In the village there is a part of the hostels of Saint Jacques de Compostela, gateways, carved fireplace.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude46.2234920 (N 46° 13’ 25”)
Longitude-0.1429040 (W 0° 8’ 34”)
AltitudeFrom 57m to 183m
Surface area65.34 km²
Population6697 inhabitants
Density102 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureNiort (30 km, 33 min)
Insee code79174
IntercommunalityCC Mellois en Poitou

Nearest cities & towns

Fontivillié5.3 km (9 min)
Saint-Romans-lès-Melle7 km (10 min)
Celles-sur-Belle7.9 km (9 min)
Maisonnay7.9 km (9 min)
Marcillé8.6 km (12 min)
Saint-Vincent-la-Châtre8.8 km (14 min)
Beaussais-Vitré9.1 km (9 min)
Brioux-sur-Boutonne11.5 km (11 min)
Saint-Coutant11.5 km (20 min)
Sepvret11.7 km (13 min)
Chey12.2 km (12 min)
Lezay12.4 km (13 min)
Lusseray13.9 km (15 min)
Vernoux-sur-Boutonne13.9 km (15 min)
Alloinay14.7 km (17 min)

Things to see and do


Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres

Events and festivities

International Biennale of Contemporary Art
Goguette on the Terrace: Culinary Demonstration
Outdoor cinema


Saint-Léger-de-la-Martinière - Country road
Saint-Léger-de-la-Martinière - Country road
See photo
See photo
Saint-Léger-de-la-Martinière - Shell
Saint-Léger-de-la-Martinière - Shell
See photo
Saint-Léger-de-la-Martinière - Church
Saint-Léger-de-la-Martinière - Church
See photo
Saint-Léger -de-la-Martinière - Pig oven and roofs
Saint-Léger -de-la-Martinière - Pig oven and roofs
See photo
Saint-Léger-de-la-Martinière - Dovecote wall
Saint-Léger-de-la-Martinière - Dovecote wall
See photo
Saint-Léger-de-la-Martinière - Sculpted stone
Saint-Léger-de-la-Martinière - Sculpted stone
See photo
Saint-Léger-de -la-Martinière - Well
Saint-Léger-de -la-Martinière - Well
See photo
Saint-Léger-de-la-Martinière - Roundabout
Saint-Léger-de-la-Martinière - Roundabout
See photo
Saint-Léger-de-la-Martinière - Industrial site
Saint-Léger-de-la-Martinière - Industrial site
See photo


Tuesday 16 august
Min. 17°C - Max. 26°C
Wednesday 17 august
Min. 15°C - Max. 25°C
Thursday 18 august
Min. 15°C - Max. 26°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit L'Isle Nature
Culture and education4 € Saint-Fraigne (32 km)
Hot air balloon flight over the Poitevin Marsh
Nature and the great outdoors150 € to 270 € Coulon (36 km)
English course with residential immersion
Culture and education1140 € Vausseroux (37 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Botanical trail
HikeEasy1h00Mons (41 km)
Motorcycle ride "Open helmet" n ° 1
Motorbike itineraryEasy50 minSaint-Jean-d'Angély (42 km)
Motorcycle ride "Open helmet" n ° 2
Motorbike itineraryEasy1h10Saint-Jean-d'Angély (42 km)
Motorcycle walk with open helmet n ° 4
Motorbike itineraryEasy1h35Saint-Jean-d'Angély (42 km)
Motorcycle walk with open helmet n ° 5
Motorbike itineraryEasy1h15Saint-Jean-d'Angély (43 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals



Your holidays
A hotel
A vacation rental
A bed & breakfast
A campsite
A leisure activity
A restaurant
A rental car
A plane ticket
By continuing to browse our site, you are agreeing to the use of cookies to improve your experience and make targeted offers.
Find out more and make settings