B&B Hotel in Niort
B&B Hotel in Niort
Elected a “Capital of Biodiversity”, you will love Niort for its combination of a laid-back lifestyle, historical heritage and unique architecture. The recent renovation of the town centre shows its desire to retain its modern credentials and the town offers a whole host of sporting and cultural activities. Don’t miss this great opportunity; take advantage of the Niort B&B Hotel’s ideal location and savour the town’s delights.
Where to book in Niort?
An excellent starting point to explore the town known as the “Guardian of the Marais Poitevin” (Poitou-region marshland), your Niort B&B Hotel provides everything you need for a successful stay. Quiet, well-equipped rooms, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, plus a varied and delicious buffet breakfast. Book your stay in the heart of the town right now.
History and urbanism
Niort has a history of trade that goes right back to the origins of the town, a vibrant commercial heart that has always beaten strongly. The Donjon de Niort, a listed historical monument known as Eleanor of Aquitaine’s Keep, is a testament to the glorious mediaeval history of the ancient citadel. It wasn’t until the 1970s, when several major mutual insurance companies moved their headquarters here, that Niort acquired its modern reputation as the capital of France’s social economy.
From La Brèche to the banks of the Sèvre, the town centre - with its many boutiques and pedestrian alleyways – is a wonderful place to wander. And if an adventure close to nature appeals, through La Venise Verte (“Green Venice”), then the Coulée Verte, built over the old towpath is the ideal route on foot, by bike or even on horseback. Keen walkers will also appreciate the 53 km of marked footpaths that surround the Commune.
Niort has skilfully combined culture and history to showcase its unique heritage. This explains why the Pilori – the former Town Hall and a Renaissance gem – is now an exhibition space. The spectacular Halles Baltard is host to the covered market, whilst places of worship such as the Notre-Dame and Saint-André churches and the Protestant Temple continue to offer religious services.
Niort regularly gets into the swing of major events, like Foirexpo, one of the biggest fairs in western France, attracting thousands of curious visitors over the first weekend of May; then there is the Encounters of Young International Photography event, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2014. Since 2010, the town has also hosted a wide-ranging festival entitled Téciverdi, which celebrates diversity in nature and culture.