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Visit outstanding cultural attractions or take a hike amongst the peaks? A romantic tour of the wine route or a family cruise? What will this year's
French holiday bring?

Poitiers: what to do, what to see...

Poitiers is a city of art and history that, nevertheless, is facing the future with great dynamism. The façade of the church of Notre-Dame-la-Grande is a jewel of Roman art and St Pierre Cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece, whilst the nearby Futuroscope theme park brings science and innovation to life. The city is also perfect for enjoying a show at the TAP-Théâtre Auditorium or regional specialities, like Chabichou goat cheese.

• The 11th Century Romanesque Notre-Dame-La-Grande church
• The old Palace of the Counts of Poitou and Dukes of Aquitaine in the Gothic Angevin style
• The Romanesque Saint-Hilaire Church, a UNESCO site on the Way of St James
• The exceptional views from the Point de Vue des Dunes overlooking the River Clain
• Saint-Pierre Cathedral, built in the Gothic style from 1160 to 1379


• Romanesque art, paintings from the 14th to 20th C. and the Camille Claudel collection at Musée Sainte Croix
• The Notre-Dame-la-Grande market and flea market
• Dine at "Les Archives" and stay at Mercure Poitiers Center, housed in a former Jesuit chapel (1854)
• The Futuroscope theme park based on science and innovation and the 2nd most visited in France
• A show at TAP-Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers, Scène Nationale


• Macarons Rannou Métivier with its tender almond heart
• Chabichou PDO goat cheese and other regional cheeses
• "Les Pirates du Clain" beers re-fermented in the bottle
• Farci Poitevin green pâté made from herbs, pork, onions and eggs
• Soft, spongy Tourteau Fromagé cheesecake made with goat cheese


• Macarons Rannou Métivier
• Beers from the regional breweries found at "Le Houblon"
• An umbrella from "La fabrique de parapluie" by the François family
• Unique and handmade ceramic by Fanny Laugier at her studio
• "Broyé du Poitou" a crunchy, buttery biscuit with a light and airy texture

Getting to Poitiers