Walk in town
Take time to discover lovely cities in the Deux-Sèvres
Capital of the Bocage Bressuirais, the town is the stronghold of north Deux-Sevres, making the most of its proximity to the Vendee, Anjou and Vienne regions. Dominated by its castle built on a hillside which overhangs the old market town, Bressuire town shines on this rural region and promises you lovely surprises like the Jardin des Sens gardens, the astonishing granite blockfield (the Chaos) or even the promenade of the greenway.
The town offers many commercial and cultural activities all year round. If the Donjon d’Aliénor d’Aquitaine (a keep), historic sentinel dominating the River Sevre, and the Baltardstyle market buildings (the Halles) constitute the town’s two heritage landmarks, the historic centre, mostly pedestrianised, abounds in beautiful residences, small shady squares and remarkable monuments. The Jardins de la Brèche gardens, theatre of nightlife, are the apt place to relax and let the children release their energy.
Towering over the River Thouet, the medieval town of Parthenay is full of architecture from the Middle Ages. Delve into the Romanesque architecture while walking through the citadel’s narrow alleys. The terraced gardens and the cobbled streets complete this sensation of travelling back in time. The ramparts and the monumental gates give the capital of the Gatine the nickname of “the little Carcassonne of the West”.
Passing through the archway of the Porte Chalon (Chalon Gate), the heart of Saint-Maixent unveils all its attractive features, along the narrow pedestrianised streets lined with private mansions and old medieval half-timbered houses. The imposing and majestic abbey church constructed on Romanesque foundations in a very beautiful Gothic style is a must-see. Flutter about along the River Sevre by following the Quai des Tanneries and delve into a good book at the Aqua-Libris Media Library set up in the old pool basin of a Military swimming pool.
The town of Thouars was established on a rocky spur in a meander of the Thouet River Valley. From Romanesque churches and 19th-century town houses to the majestic Château des Ducs de la Trémoille, the town will amaze you with the quality of its architectural heritage. From the Pont des Chouans bridge, the exceptional panoramic view of the medieval town is so lovely you’ll want to stroll through its winding narrow streets which are lined with stunning dwellings.