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Coulon - capital of France's "Green Venice"

Coulon is a small town that is located on the banks of the River Sèvre in western France. It is known as the capital of the Green Venice of France, the name by which this Marais Poitevin region is commonly known. It's a pretty town with a rich history and plenty to offer the modern day visitor and, of course, full time residents who are proud of the excellent quality of life offered by their town.

Things to see in Coulon

The town is both pretty and fascinating, with its boats, quays and moorings as well as the old houses that had such significance when the waterways were the lifeblood of the area. The Customs House or Maison de Coutume is one such building, where the duties were paid on the goods brought along the river. Nowadays the Customs House offers a collection of historical artefacts and an account of the history and ecology of this very interesting area. The Romanesque church is also definitely worth a little of your time, with its unusual feature of an external pulpit, allowing the priest to preach to those who did not bother to go into the church!

Shopping and dining

You will find plenty of choice when it comes to shopping and dining in Coulon, as the little town is well equipped with all amenities. Coulon is particularly proud of its regional gastronomy, and you are advised to be brave and try delicacies such as frogs' legs, eels and snails... which may seem odd to British tastes but I am assured they are actually delicious!

Mogettes and angelica

The less brave, or the vegetarians among you may prefer to try the locally grown and extremely succulent haricot beans, known as "mogettes", produced in the marshes where the rich, damp conditions are perfect for growing certain types of vegetables. Those with a sweet tooth will be delighted to discover another regional speciality, angelica, which is grown tall around the region and served crystallised and delicious.

Out and about

The Deux-Sévres is a rural department that positively begs you to enjoy outdoor pursuits such as walking, boating, cycling and pony trekking. If you wish to explore a little further afield you would be well advised to spend some time in the regional capital of Niort, a lovely city with many interesting things to see and do. Poitiers is also near enough for a visit, and the educational theme park attraction of Futuroscope is a great day out especially if you have kids.

How to get there

Travelling by air you have a choice of arrival airport and several airlines, with Nantes, La Rochelle and Poitiers all within easy reach and offering direct flights from the UK. Nantes is served by Ryanair and Aer Arann; Poitiers by Ryanair; and La Rochelle by Ryanair, flybe and easyJet. The TGV also runs to Poitiers, making train travel simple and fast. From Poitiers you can take a local train to stations near Coulon. Drivers need to find the D1 to access Coulon.

Property prices and availability in and around Coulon

This region currently offers some of the best property bargains in France, so what are you waiting for? These little gems don't stay on the market long, though, so if you are serious about buying a property in this lovely area don't wait around!

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Coulon AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Coulon?

Coulon is located in the west of France, slightly inland on the River Sèvre. It lies in the south-west of the Deux-Sèvres department, close to its region's border with the Pays de la Loire.

Coulon Property Map

IN THE REGION OF POITOU-CHARENTES

Poitou-Charentes Guide

Poitou-Charentes Property Map

IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEUX-SÈVRES

Deux-Sèvres Guide

  Deux-Sèvres Map


Population: 2,074


Access: By air: Fly to Nantes, Poitiers or La Rochelle. By rail: The TGV runs to Poitiers, so you can begin with Eurostar from London, changing to a TGV at Paris, then to a local train. By road: Coulon lies on the D1.


Economy: The economy is mainly agricultural.


Interesting fact: Coulon is referred to as the "Capital of the Green Venice of France".


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