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A pretty town with a touch of summer magic

Niort, a town situated in western France in the department of Deux Sèvres in Poitou-Charentes, is a pretty market town which has a magical feel on balmy summer nights, when the main buildings in the town centre are floodlit with a soft amber light. The attractive stone and half-timbered houses are a real feature of Niort. The town lies on the southern edge of the Marais Poitévin region, which is variously compared with Venice and Amsterdam as it has a system of connecting waterways navigable by punts.

Markets and street theatre

Thursday, or Jeudi, if you want to be authentically French, has a special meaning in the town of Niort. On the third Thursday of every month Niort hosts a market, and like all French markets this transforms the town for its duration. Everything… and everyone, comes to life during the market hours, and it really is an event not to be missed. Thursday is also the day when you can watch street theatre and other entertainment, and in the summer this is a unique and fascinating feature of the town.

A watery ambience

As with many riverside towns, Niort has a tranquil ambience which stems directly from its position on two rivers. An illuminated bridge glows softly at night, its reflections in the water making you wish you could paint! Niort is frequently named by visitors as a favourite French town, and it isn't hard to understand why. Everything you could want is here, such as shops, good restaurants, bars, cafés, banks, schools, supermarkets and other amenities.

A town of arts and crafts

Niort is known as a town of arts and crafts, and there is no shortage of examples of its talents. There are museums, libraries and various exhibitions to enjoy, yet there is a gentle air to the place, reminiscent of another, calmer age.

Sports stadium

Niort's new sports stadium makes sure that sport is accessible to all. There are facilities for athletics and equitation, with golf, cycling, walking, fishing and boating all available locally too.

Out and about

The Fôret de Mervant is near the town, and the woodland trails are superb for both walkers and nature lovers. There is also a small zoo, and a children's theme park. Fontenay le Comte is also close by, and this is well worth visiting as it has a beautiful chateau.

How to get there

If you wish to fly to Niort, the closest airport is Poitiers, which has direct flights from the UK with budget airline Ryanair. You can also take a TGV to Poitiers. To travel by road, you will need to take the A10 autoroute.

Property prices and availability in and around Niort

Property in Niort has risen in price in recent years, due to an increased interest, particularly from foreign buyers. The department, however, still offers some excellent bargains, and in comparison with many towns in France, property investment in Niort can prove to be an astute move.

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Niort is located in western France, in the south-west of the Deux-Sèvres department, close to the region's border with Pays-de la Loire.

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Poitou-Charentes Guide

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Population: 60,000

Access: By air: Fly to Poitiers with budget airline Ryanair. By road: The town is close to the A10 autoroute. By rail: There is a TGV station at Poitiers.

Economy: Niort is an established and important centre for the insurance business. Agriculture is also a feature in the economic life of the town.

Interesting fact: Niort is the centre of angelica cultivation in France. The herb, traditionally used for medicinal purposes, is now widely used for its flavour, and is commonly found on cakes and other confections in patisseries and chocolateries throughout France.


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