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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Deux-Sèvres

Plaine-et-Vallées - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Deux-Sèvres


Village of nearly 1,000 inhabitants, Oiron is located in New Aquitaine, in the department of Deux-Sevres. At the edge of the Vienne, it takes place about ten kilometers from Thouars, on the banks of the Dive.

Oiron was born from the merger of different villages, Bilazais, Brie, Noizon and Oiron, in 1973. Brie has since regained its independence in the early 1980s. The small town is now known for its tourism, especially for its castle having inspired, according to legend, the famous Marquis de Carabas du Chat Botté.

Full of charm, the small village of Oiron seduced by its calm and its unspoiled nature. In the heart of the countryside, it allows you to relax while discovering an architectural and historical heritage of great importance.


The town of Taizé was renamed Taizé-Maulais in the year 2015. It takes place in New Aquitaine, in the tourist department of Deux-Sèvres.

Populated since the megalithic period, as evidenced by some vestiges, the village of Taizé-Maulais was also an important place of residence in the Gallo-Roman era. Place of battle in the first half of the eleventh century between the Angevins and Poitevins, it is now known for its tourist appeal. On the territory of the town, there are many sites to discover, whether from the architectural or natural heritage.

Ideally located, the locality allows to appreciate the most beautiful places of the Deux-Sèvres and to spend some days of rest in the heart of a calm and pleasant nature.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude46.9510730 (N 46° 57’ 4”)
Longitude-0.0802910 (W 0° 4’ 49”)
AltitudeFrom 47m to 133m
Surface area92.71 km²
Population2488 inhabitants
Density27 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureNiort (85 km, 1h28)
Insee code79196
IntercommunalityCC du Thouarsais

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Léger-de-Montbrun5.7 km (8 min)
Saint-Laon6.4 km (8 min)
Pas-de-Jeu7.2 km (7 min)
Noizé7.8 km (11 min)
Glénouze8.1 km (11 min)
Saint-Martin-de-Mâcon8.8 km (14 min)
Ranton9.1 km (12 min)
Saint-Généroux10.1 km (18 min)
Arçay10.7 km (16 min)
Irais11.4 km (16 min)
Moncontour11.4 km (15 min)
Curçay-sur-Dive11.6 km (13 min)
Marnes12.7 km (16 min)
Availles-Thouarsais13 km (22 min)
Mouterre-Silly13.3 km (14 min)

Things to see and do


Listed as an historic monument, Oiron Castle was built in the 16th century. Former property of the Gouffier family, one of whose members would have inspired the famous Marquis de Carabas to Charles Perrault. The latter was also at the origin of the beginning of the art collection exposed to the castle. This tradition has continued, and one can admire here a large collection of contemporary art. In the park, also open to the public, we also discover works scattered everywhere, while admiring the facade of this edifice finesse. In the left wing, do not forget to admire the large 55-meter painted gallery that traces the ancient cycle of the Trojan War and the Aeneid in fourteen scenes.

Also classified as an historic monument, the Saint-Maurice collegiate church dates from the 16th and 17th centuries. Located near the castle, it houses many works, including funerary slabs classified as Historical Monuments as objects.

The church Saint-Martin-les-Baillargeaux takes place in the former village of Noizé. Built between the tenth and eleventh century, it has also been classified as an historic monument. Isolated, in the middle of the fields, it owes its unusual position to an epidemic of black plague having decimated all the surrounding inhabitants. The old town also has a 19th century village church and a dolmen, the Stone Pineau, listed historical monument.

In the old village of Bilazais, you can admire the church Sainte-Radegonde and its choir of the twelfth century.

The Oiron Park is very popular for walks as well as for its interesting flora.


Former, the village of Taizé-Maulais hosts on its territory the most important megalithic site of all the Deux-Sèvres. You can admire a tumulus and several dolmens, including that of the place called La Pierre levée, listed historical monument.

Several churches also take place in the different villages that form Taizé-Maulais, like that of Notre-Dame in Taizé, that of Saint-Pierre in Maulais, or the chapel of Maranzais. All quite old, they reveal a typical architecture of this part of New Aquitaine.

Walking through the ancient villages of the different villages of Taizé-Maulais, you can enjoy an old noble house, or the seat of the battle between Angevins and Poitevins in 1033, on the hill of Montcoué. Three crosses were erected to testify to this historic event.

Taizé-Maulais is crossed, on the banks of Thouet, by a part of the GR36 hiking trail.

Places of interest


Events and festivities


In June, the town offers a garage sale. A Christmas market with entertainment takes place at the end of the year.

In early June, Oiron Castle offers 1000 and a Scenes, a free event to promote amateur arts in the region. The program includes dance, theater and concerts.

FanfOiron takes place in October at Oiron Castle. These are fanfares from around the world.


The holiday of relics the second weekend of September, consisting of a lottery on Saturday evening, a flea market on Sunday, and rides all weekend.


In August, a pedal car race enlivens the streets of Taizé-Maulais. It takes place in the context of the village festival.

Exhibition The Horizon of Events
Exhibition Eden Utopia by Gloria Friedmann


Château d'Oiron
Château d'Oiron
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Saint-Martin de Noizé Church
Saint-Martin de Noizé Church
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Saint-Pierre de Maulais Church
Saint-Pierre de Maulais Church
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Village of Maulais
Village of Maulais
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Friday 12 august
Min. 17°C - Max. 36°C
Saturday 13 august
Min. 18°C - Max. 37°C
Sunday 14 august
Min. 18°C - Max. 28°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Guided tour of Ternay Castle
Culture and education10 € Ternay (10.2 km)
Karting on the Loudun circuit
Sports sensations5 € to 16 € Bournand (17 km)
Saumur Forest Aventures leisure park
Nature and the great outdoors23 € Saint-Hilaire-Saint-Florent (35 km)
Dog sled ride
Nature and the great outdoors17 € to 27 € Doué-en-Anjou (41 km)
Discovery walk and activities with llamas
Nature and the great outdoors8 € Tuffalun (43 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Great Sacred Path
HikeEasy3h00Mouterre-Silly (9.7 km)
Ternay Castle Park
HikeEasy2h00Ternay (10.2 km)
Rose Circuit
Village visitEasy40 minGennes-Val-de-Loire (46 km)
HikeEasy1h30Nouâtre (49 km)
Hamlet of La Basse Chevrière
Village visitEasy3h00Saché (58 km)


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