Surroundings and map
In the centre of historical Poitou, between wooded countryside and valleys, the Gatine Country invites to the exploration of its abundant landmarks : castles and monuments, gardens, original themed parks. And as welcome rimes with festivities and conviviality, the Gatine Country enjoys holding festivals and renowned cultural events (game festival and music festivals all summer long in Parthenay).
Near the campsite
Due to the Oliverie’s location, you will be able to take in the sights of the area :
the Futuroscope (3/4h), the Puy du Fou (1h), the Marais Poitevin (1h), the Medieval city of Parthenay (0h10), the villages of the Thouet river valley, the World Navel... So many curiosities which will leave you speechless ! Discover the region by car, on foot or by bike : the village of Airvault, with its abbey church, covered market and underground fountain, sets the tone. Next, the moated château and village of St-Loup-sur-Thouet will surprise you. Then the Lac du Cébron provides room to relax before continuing along the Thouet, crossing via a railway viaduct to reach the haughty medieval fortified town of Parthenay.
Open up your eyes : in the natural hedgerows, in the paths, here the nature is alive !
This area could be a Regional Natural Park as soon as.
At Parthenay, on the Ways to Santiago de Compostela, discover alone or with a guide the medieval quarter, the old castle, the fortified tower, the city walls…
Surroundings and map
- 3 hours 40 away from Paris, by the A10 : exit 29 POITIERS, heading for Parthenay. At La Ferrière en Parthenay, turn left and head for SAURAIS.
- 2 hours away from Nantes, by the A83, exit 10 PARTHENAY. When you’re in Parthenay, on the way to Poitiers, turn right, head for La Chapelle Bertrand and then SAURAIS.
Coordonnées GPS : 46.63296 N -0.134110 W
Grand parc du PUY DU FOU
Voted the world's best park, Puy du Fou offers a multitude of great shows and adventures for the whole family.
The "Marais poitevin" (The Marsh of Poitou)
The Marais Poitevin is one of the rare wet zones of France and after the Camargue, it is the second largest.
It is made up of 75 municipalities, two regions, Poitou-Charentes and Pays de Loire, three departments, Deux-Sèvres, Charente-Maritime and Vendee.
"Marais Poitevins" spreads out from Niort in Deux-Sèvres, to the Bay of l'Aiguillon in Vendee, with a small curve into Charente-Maritime.
The Marais Poitevin covers overall approximately 100 000 hectares and the length from east to west, from Niort to the ocean, is 70 km.
Nombril du monde
Tumulus of Bougonn