Last summer, my family and I made a 4-night excursion to The Marais Poitevin, La Rochelle & Île de Ré as a detour on the way from Paris out to Brittany.

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Top: the Marais Poitevin; bottom left: Brouage; bottom right: La Rochelle

Combining the Marais Poitevin, La Rochelle and Île de Ré makes for a great variety of countryside and city and various landscapes and architectures.

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Île de Ré

For those of you not yet familiar with the Marais Poitevin (“The Green Venice” or la Venise Verte), it’s an area of marshland a short drive inland from La Rochelle accessible by an intricate network of canals that can be explored only by rowboats.

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Top left: the Abbey near La Flotte; top right: church in Ars-en-Ré;
bottom left: Île de Ré; bottom right: Brouage

Click here to see our full Marais Poitevin, La Rochelle & Île de Ré Itinerary. Keep in mind that we traveled by car, but you could easily take a train to La Rochelle and rent a car there.

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Top left: La Rochelle; top right: Coulon;
bottom left: Ars-en-Ré resident; bottom right: Coulon

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