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Poitiers is a small town located in central France in the Poitou-Charentes region. The town's landscape beautifully blends Romanesque churches and medieval streets with plenty of greenery and modern buildings. An important part of modern Poitiers is the university with its large student population. Outside of the busy student life, Poitiers is a sleepy place away from all the bustling tourist towns that offers a diverse palette of culture and food to enjoy. Foodies young and old as well as those looking for a quiet French country retreat will best appreciate what Poitiers has to offer. Venere is the best site to find Poitiers hotels in one place while offering flexible search options. More importantly, only the hotels' real guests review the hotels, so our guests can make the most informed decision before booking.
What's Poitiers Like?
Poitiers' various charms unfold as one strolls around the neighborhoods. Notre-Dame-des Dunes, a large statue on the bank of the Clain river, is a great place to take in the simple beauty of Poitiers. In the town's lovely center, which is now a pedestrian zone, there are cafes and shops as well as the Parc de Blossac and Botanical Garden. Place Charles de Gaulle is a cobble-stoned plaza featuring half-timbered houses. Some notable churches include: Baptistère Saint-Jean, the oldest church in France; Notre-Dame-la-Grande, the oldest romanesque-style church in Europe; and the medieval Saint-Pierre Cathedral. Music, exhibitions, and theater are also readily available with several popular venues throughout town. It also boasts one of the oldest universities in France. Poitiers hotels let guests enjoy a peaceful retreat so they can have more time to soak up all of Poitiers' culture.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Poitiers
Students make up about a quarter of the population in Poitiers, which helps make the local community a bit more youthful. Poitiers has been seeing more international English-speaking tourists due to a popular nearby amusement park. However, knowing some French is still recommended. The town has a wealth of natural produce including wines, Chabichou goat cheese, lamb, walnut oil, and melons. One of the region's specialties is farci poitevin, which is stuffed herb paté. Other popular treats are the Broyé du Poitou, a traditional sweet butter pastry cake and a cake with fresh cheese called tourteau fromager. Venere is more than just about finding the right Poitiers hotels to stay in - it's about having the best experience when staying in Poitiers. And Venere's real guest reviews, trusted hotel partnerships, and special savings make all that possible.