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Parc naturel régional du Marais Poitevin

2 Rue de l'Église, 79510 Coulon, France
| +33 5 49 35 15 20
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The Green Venice Coulon  France

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Mon - Fri 9am - 1pm
Mon - Thur 2pm - 6pm
Fri 2pm - 5pm

The Green Venice

Nearly a thousand years ago, French monks dug canals to drain a huge swamp in the Poitou-Charentes region. Today, it's national parkland and you can rent a flat-bottomed boat to explore 500-plus miles of tree-lined canals. You can spot birds and the occasional cow, ferried in to graze in the pastures the monks created. It's wonderfully idyllic -- if you avoid weekend crowds in the summertime.