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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-Sèvres. At the limit of the Vienne, it takes place about ten kilometers from Thouars, on the banks of the Dive.

Oiron was born from the fusion of different villages, Bilazais, Brie, Noizon and Oiron, in 1973. Brie has since regained its independence in the early 1980s. The small town is today known for its tourist activity, Having inspired, according to legend, the famous Marquis of Carabas of Puss in Boots.

Full of charm, the small village of Oiron seduces by its calm and its preserved nature. In the heart of the countryside, it allows you to recharge your batteries 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. Rural village, it is about ten kilometers from Thouars, and consists of five main communes: Taizé, Ligaine, Maranzais, Maulais and Auboué.

Peoplé from the megalithic period, as evidenced by some vestiges, the village of Taizé-Maulais was also an important dwelling place in the Gallo-Roman era. A place of battle in the first half of the eleventh century between the Angevins and the Poitevins, it is today known for its tourist attraction. In the territory of the commune, many sites are to be discovered, whether they come from the architectural or natural heritage.

Ideally located, the commune allows to appreciate the most beautiful places of Deux-Sèvres and to spend a few 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 (53 mi, 1h28)
Insee code79196
IntercommunalityCC du Thouarsais

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Léger-de-Montbrun3.5 mi (8 min)
Saint-Laon4 mi (8 min)
Pas-de-Jeu4.5 mi (7 min)
Noizé4.8 mi (11 min)
Glénouze5 mi (11 min)
Saint-Martin-de-Mâcon5.5 mi (14 min)
Ranton5.7 mi (12 min)
Saint-Généroux6.3 mi (18 min)
Arçay6.6 mi (16 min)
Irais7.1 mi (16 min)
Moncontour7.1 mi (15 min)
Curçay-sur-Dive7.2 mi (13 min)
Marnes7.9 mi (16 min)
Availles-Thouarsais8.1 mi (22 min)
Mouterre-Silly8.3 mi (14 min)

Things to see and do

Classified as Historical Monuments, the castle of Oiron was built in the sixteenth 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 collection of art exposed to the castle. This tradition has continued, and we can admire here a large collection of contemporary art. In the park, also open to the public, you can also discover works scattered around, while admiring the facade of this edifice all in finesse. In the left wing, be sure to admire the large 55-meter-long gallery that recalls the ancient cycle of the Trojan War and the Aeneid in fourteen scenes.

Also listed as a Historic Monument, the Saint-Maurice collegiate church dates from the 16th and 17th centuries. Located not far from the castle, it is home to many works, including funerary slabs classified as Historic Monuments as objects.

The church of Saint-Martin-les-Baillargeaux takes place in the old village of Noizé. Built between the 10th and 11th centuries, it was also classified as a Historic Monument. Isolated, in the middle of the fields, it owes its unusual position to an epidemic of black plague having decimated all the inhabitants around. The old town also has a 19th century village church, as well as a dolmen, the Pierre à Pineau, listed in the Historic Monuments.

In the old village of Bilazais, you can admire the church of Sainte-Radegonde and its choir of the 12th century.

The park of Oiron is very appreciated for the walks as well as for its interesting flora.


Ancient, the village of Taizé-Maulais hosts in its territory the most important megalithic site of all Deux-Sèvres. One can admire a tumulus and several dolmens, including that of the place called La Pierre levée, listed in the Historic Monuments.

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

Walking through the ancient villages of the various villages of Taizé-Maulais, you will be able to appreciate 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 bear witness to this historic event.

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

Places of interest


Events and festivities

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

At the beginning of June, the castle of Oiron offers 1000 and a Scènes, a free event to promote the amateur arts in the region. The program includes dance, theater and concerts.

FanfOiron takes place in October at the castle of Oiron. These are meetings of brass bands from all over the world.


The feast of the relics on the second weekend in September, consisting of a lottery on Saturday night, a flea market on Sunday, and rides throughout the weekend.


In August, a pedal-car runs the streets of Taizé-Maulais. It takes place as part of the festival of the village.



Monday 26 june
Min. 19°C - Max. 35°C
Tuesday 27 june
Min. 21°C - Max. 38°C
Wednesday 28 june
Min. 23°C - Max. 37°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit to an educational horse farm
Culture and education15 € Saint-Macaire-du-Bois (15.1 mi)
Le Gué Gardens
Nature and the great outdoors5 € Lhoumois (16.8 mi)
Visit to a Combustion Engine museum
Culture and education2 € to 6 € Saumur (21 mi)
Saumur Forest Aventures leisure park
Nature and the great outdoors23 € Saint-Hilaire-Saint-Florent (22 mi)
Dog sled ride
Nature and the great outdoors17 € to 27 € Doué-en-Anjou (23 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Great Sacred Path
HikeEasy3h00Mouterre-Silly (6.1 mi)
Rose Circuit
Village visitEasy40 minGennes-Val-de-Loire (28 mi)
HikeEasy1h30Nouâtre (30 mi)
Hamlet of La Basse Chevrière
Village visitEasy3h00Saché (36 mi)
Mysteries and old stones
HikeEasy3h00Saché (36 mi)


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