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Thouars - a city on a rock

The large town of Thouars is situated in western France in the Poitou-Charentes region. It is a mediaeval city of great character which stands on a rocky outcrop above the right bank of the River Thouars, a tributary of the mighty Loire. Thouars is best known for its impressive Château de la Trémoille, an edifice which has stood through many incarnations, being at times a noble residence, a barracks, a prison and a school! It is still undeniably beautiful, and draws many visitors to the town. Thouars has more historical gems to offer, however, with ancient ramparts, beautiful churches, ancient towers and floral parks to add to its charms.

Great for shopping

Thouars has some really good facilities whether you are in town just for a holiday or if you have chosen to make the town your new home. There are a great selection of shops, with all the usual French essentials such as boulangeries, boucheries, patisseries, La Poste (post office), as well as several good sized supermarkets which sell just about everything including the kitchen sink! To cap it all, the town hosts two excellent open air general markets, giving you two weekly chances to buy the best of the local produce and to catch up with the town's gossip.

And for wining and dining

Thouars is also a great place for those who enjoy the other French delight of wining and dining. The town offers a good choice of restaurants, with several varied cuisines, and of course a superb wine list will be presented wherever you go, as this is a renowned wine region.

Sports and leisure

If you are feeling energetic, Thouars has tennis courts and an open air swimming pool at your disposal. Close to the town you can also access horse-riding, fishing, golf, cycling, and of course, you can take part in the traditional and oh so French games of Boules and Petanque!

Out and about

Places of interest close to Thouars include Poitiers, with its wonderful educational theme park of Futuroscope, the departmental capital of Bressuire with its ruined feudal castle, the lovely old town of Fontenay le Comte and the beaches of the Vendée. All are within reasonable reach. Horse lovers can also enjoy a visit to Saumur, the home of the superbly skilled "Cadre Noir" French horseman.

How to get there

There are two airports close to Thouars, these being Tours and Poitiers. Both have direct flights from the UK with Ryanair, the cut price airline, keeping flying costs low. If you prefer to travel by ferry, the ferry port of St Malo is around a four-hour drive from Thouars, with Caen and Cherbourg at about 5 hours distance. Thouars also has a train station with easy links to the TGV station at Poitiers.

Property prices and availability in and around Thouars

Thouars is a great town with a lively ambience and plenty of character, making it a good place to own a property. It should also appeal to those who have a limited budget, as prices in this region are not yet over inflated, with some amazing bargains still available.

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Thouars AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Thouars?

Thouars is located in western France. It lies in the north-east of the Deux-Sèvres department.

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IN THE REGION OF POITOU-CHARENTES

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEUX-SÈVRES

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Population: 12,000


Access: By air: Fly to Poitiers or Tours. By boat: Use the ferry ports of St Malo, Caen or Cherbourg. By rail: The TGV runs to nearby Poitiers. By road: The A10 auto route in the direction of Niort and Tours will get you close to Thouars.


Economy: The economy is mixed, with agriculture and wine production important.


Interesting fact: The town's famous Château has variously been a noble residence, a barracks, a prison and is currently a school!

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