The large marshland Marais Poitevin lies west of Niort, on the Atlantic coast of France. The most beautiful part is called La Venise Verte, the Green Venice. It is one of the largest nature reserves in France and worth a visit during your holiday. Coulon is the most touristic village in the area, although other villages in the vicinity of Coulon are also worth a visit. Coulon is one of the "plus beaux villages" of France and rightly so: It is a beautiful village surrounded by stunning nature. The village has souvenir shops, boutiques, restaurants, boat rentals, canoes and bicycles, the "Maison du Marais Poitevin", a train and a church. If you want to explore the surroundings and the Marais Poitevin, it is best to do so by boat, with or without a guide.
The city of Coulon by the Sèvre Niortaise
Everything used to be transported by water. The most important river in this area is the Sèvre Niortaise. It runs from the city of Niort to the Atlantic Ocean. Coulon is located on this river. The village played an important role for a long time because of its position as a transport link on the river. In the past, even part of the Sèvre Niortaise ran through the streets of the village, such as rue du Château-Bas and Place de la Péchoire. In the 19th century, these canals were filled up so that no more water would run through the streets. Salt in particular was an important commodity. This role of transportation became less and less important when railway lines were built in the region.