Poitiers, the City of Art and History
Located at the threshold of the Poitou, 340km away from the South-West of Paris, 180km away from Nantes and 220km away from Bordeaux, Poitiers is easily accessible via the A10 motorway, the N10 trunk road, by train or plane with the airport of Poitiers-Biard... And only a dozen kilometers away from the Futuroscope theme park!
Discover the city which bares its soul through its historical and architectural heritage, parks and gardens, cultural and scientific establishments, stories and legends!
Since immemorial time, Poitiers has been closely associated with many historical and mythological characters and famous battles. Today, the streets of the town resonate with the names of Charles Martel, the Black Prince, the "Bitard" and the "Grand’Goule", a fantastic creature. From its illustrious history, the city has a rich architectural heritage: the Cathedral of Saint Pierre built in the 12th century, the Baptistry of Saint Jean, the oldest Christian monument of Gaul, the former residence of the Counts of the Poitou and the Dukes of Aquitaine… As the "pearl" of the Romanesque art, Notre-Dame-La Grande Church bears witness alone to the power and influence of Poitiers in the Middle Ages.
Take the opportunity to stroll along the lively streets of the old town and to go shopping: shops, cafes, bars and street performances will brighten up your outings in Poitiers throughout the year.
The city of Poitiers has got 21 hotels, classified up to 4 stars, to accommodate you during your stay! Find all hotels of Poitiers and informations to organize your stay in Poitiers: visits, activities, accommodations (hotels, holiday rentals, and cottages, B&Bs), good restaurants...
Flowered Towns and Villages: 3 flowers. "City of Art and History" Label
Markets (in the morning):
- Place de Provence (Couronneries): on Wednesdays and Sundays.
- Clos Gaulthier: on Thursdays.
- Place Charles de Gaulle (Notre-Dame): on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On Friday it is the clearance sale’s day.
- Notre-Dame’s covered market: everyday (except on Sunday)
- Bel-Air: on Fridays.