Attraction in the Vendee.
just twelve kilometers east of Fontenay-le-Comte in the south Vendee has been
inhabitated since early times being as it is on a small pennisular which
protruded out into the gulf of Picton.
The Dukes of dukes of Aquitaine had a
castle here and several were buried here.
This pretty small town on the edge
of the Marais Poitevin is dominated by two churches. The Abbaye St. Pierre and the Church of St. Nicolas. The 11th
century abbay is now in ruins but its impressive remains are magnificent example
of Romanesque achitecture and attract visits from all over the
of St Nicolas dating from the 11th century has a facade that has 3 romanesque
arches with carvings of small telamones, atlantes and birds.
The Town has
several restaurants, cafes and bars for those in need of refreshment
and there are few tourist shops as well.
Maillezais is one of the
major embarcadere (landing places) on the Mairais Poitevin, the larger of
the two ports is the Grand Port by the abbay and from here you can hire
tradition Barques (flat bottom boat) with or without a guide or a canoe so that
you can take a lazy journey though the canals and discover the history,
flora, fauna and local traditions, these boats can be hired by the hour and can
include a oneway trip on a barque and then return on foot with or without a
guide.. Its a great way to discover this interesting part of the