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Niort is an attractive and prosperous French provincial town in the Poitou region, close to the flatlands of the Marais Poitevin. Once a hub of the leather industry, Niort is now an affluent post-industrial place with a host of excellent restaurants clustered around the banks of the river Sevre. Historic traces remain in picturesque half-timbered medieval houses and some interesting churches. There is also a castle that was built by the English that overlooks the town. Find the best value Niort hotels using the online accommodation specialist Venere, which has partnered with a great selection of accommodation in the area. Book Niort rooms in advance with the quick and easy Venere system and look forward to a relaxed arrival in this tranquil corner of France.
What's Niort Like?
Niort is not a prominent tourist destination but it is a charming and welcoming town with a few historic relics to merit interest. The remnants of a castle constructed in the 12th century by the English kings Henry II and Richard the Lionheart are located within the town, and the substantial ruins house a museum of ethnology and archaeology. Niort's old center features plenty of pretty, half-timbered houses and the Pilori, an ornate former town hall dating from 14th century, now showcasing local art. The oldest and most interesting of a cluster of old churches is the Romanesque Saint-Florent, dating from the 11th century. The tall spire of the Gothic church of Notre-Dame is a Niort landmark that can be seen from all parts of the town. Bike rentals are available in Niort, an ideal means of reaching the attractive marshes, canals, and wetlands of the flat Marais countryside nearby. Niort hotels are the perfect base for enjoying the attractive scenery and relaxed atmosphere of the region.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Niort
Niort hasn't been accustomed to English-speaking visitors in large numbers since the Hundred Years War ended, so have your French phrasebook to hand. The town's abundance of restaurants does make it a good place to try the regional cuisine. Specialties include those French classics, snails and frogs' legs, fried eels, oysters from the coast, and a variety of organic produce from the Marais Poitevin region, served up in stylish stuffed vegetable creations. Economical alternatives are provided by prix fixe set menus or from the lavish produce stalls of the 19th-century steel and glass market hall. Check the honest and accurate reviews from past guests on the Venere website to get a clear impression of the amenities provided by Niort hotels.