For a wonderful break in France, book flights to Poitiers - whether you’re looking for a family holiday, a romantic escape, or you’re planning on visiting the incredible Futuroscope theme park. The perfect place for a short break, Poitiers is a wonderfully pretty town with a fascinating history, great cultural, architectural and artistic attractions, a quintessentially French cuisine, and a relaxed but fun and vibrant atmosphere in the city’s restaurants, bars and cafés come evening time. Book flights to Poitiers today.
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Poitiers is called the city of art and history due to its rich heritage. The city offers many famous historical sites like the magnificent Romanesque church Notre-dame-la-Grande that has become the cities landmark and the impressive Cathédrale Saint-pierre. If you would like to visit a more modern attraction then head to Futuroscope, a technology theme park which is a fun place for every age.
Poitiers, Regional capital

The city's prominent position in the Poitou-Charentes region makes it the most important cultural center. The 600-year-old university, several museums, libraries and cultural centers allow an important and dynamic cultural life all year round. Not to be missed are the important exhibitions in the Musée Ste-Croix or the Musée Rupert de Chièvres (painting, archaeology, contemporary art) and the Médiathèque François Mitterrand.

Major monuments of medieval art

The city is a treasure hold of medieval buildings, including many churches of the Romanesque era, Notre-Dame la Grande being the most famous example among others. The gothic Cathedral and Law Courts remind the presence of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of France and of England in the 12th century. the city also has the oldest Christian building in France, St-John's Baptistery, dating back to the 4th century A.D.

Futuroscope: Expect the unexpected

Located only 15 minutes from the airport, Futuroscope is one of the best loved leisure parks in France and the only one of its kind in Europe. With its spectacular theatres, and futuristic architecture, it is the ideal place to relax in, with 60 hectares of tranquil green countryside and 25 original experiences you won’t find anywhere else: films in giant format, thrill-filled attractions, 3D rides with 4D and 5D effects, games, live shows, open-air activities, and more… Fun and discovery for everyone… Address: Avenue René Monory - 86360 Chasseneuil-du-Poitou Phone: +33 549 49 59 06 Website:

Center Parcs Bois aux Daims

A unique concept that allows you to reconnect with nature, where animals are at the heart of your holiday experience. A 10-hectare animal park in the centre of the estate is home to various forest and river animals. You’ll love the unmissable Aqua Mundo spa centre, where the water is heated to 29°C all year round. Paradise lagoons, lush vegetation and lots of play features await: water slides, the Wild River, a water playhouse and wave pool, plus a paddling pool for the little ones. This tropical paradise also boasts a Cenote Pool, where you can swim among giant aquariums full of rays and exotic fish. Address: Route des Trois Moutiers - 86120 Morton Phone: +31 10 498 97 54 Website:

Monkey Valley

350 free roaming monkeys, 30 species to be discovered! The only site of its kind in France. A multitude of information and stories are waiting for you! Here, there are neither cages nor barriers, but a lot of space. Use all your senses and you will be transported into the fascinating universe of the primates! Discover the largest territory in Europe for Chimpanzees and the largest Gorilla group in France. Address: Le Gureau - 86700 Romagne Phone: +33 5 49 87 20 20 Website:

Notre Dame

This magnificent Romanesque church lies at the very heart of the Old Town centre of Poitiers, and has become the landmark of Poitiers. It features beautiful biblical carvings on the outside as well as statues from the 15th and 16th centuries. Come by in the evening to see the church illuminated.

​Address: Place de la Cathédrale, Poitiers​Website:
Cathédrale Saint-Pierre

Construction of this impressive Cathedral began in 1162 under Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Inside, visitors can see a 12th-century window depicting the crucifixion of Christ, his ascension and resurrection.

​Address: Place de la Cathédrale, Poitiers​Website:
Baptistère Saint-Jean

This baptistery is one of the oldest examples of Christian architecture in Europe and houses an interesting collection of stone coffins. Built on a Roman foundation in the early 4th century, the site was reconstructed in the Middle Ages.

​Address: Rue Jean-Jaurès, Poitiers
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde

Eglise Sainte-Radegonde is a well-maintained 11th century church with a beautiful Roman tower. This is also home to the tomb of Queen Radegonde, who died in 587 AD.

​Address: Rue du Pigeon Blanc, Poitiers​Website:
Le Jardin Des Plantes

This is an ideal place to take a break from the buzz of the city. The park, which was created in 1869, features around 100 kinds of trees and bushes. It also comprises a 4800 square-metre large botanical garden and a greenhouse containing 150 different plant species.

​Address: Rue du Jardin des Plantes, Poitiers
City Tour by Foot

Poitiers offers visitors three routes to explore the city by foot. Starting from the magnificent Notre-Dame-la-Grande church, you can follow three lines a blue, red and yellow one. The blue line takes you past the Saint-Pierre Cathedral and the Saint-Jean Baptistery to the town’s Episcopal quarter. The yellow line leads to the Saint-Jean de Montierneuf church, passing beautiful half-timbered houses. The red one leads to the Saint-Hilaire church and the Blossac Park. Guides can be obtained from the tourism office.

Recommended links

Poitiers Airport: Poitiers Tourist Office: Vienne Tourism: The Futuroscope Theme Park: Center Parcs Le Bois aux Daims:

Poitiers’ cuisine is marked by hearty dishes with tasty sauces. There are plenty of fine, mouth-watering dishes waiting for you. Goat cheese, lamb, freshwater fish and, of course, snails feature in the menus of the local restaurants. A visit to Poitiers will naturally not be complete without a glass of fine regional wine, such as the Gamay.
La Serrurerie

This venue offers mostly traditional French cuisine, with dishes including foie gras and risotto. La Serrurerie also features a good range of tasty desserts.

​Address: 28r des Grandes Ecoles, Poitiers​Phone: +33 549 41 05 14​Website:​Opening hours: Daily 7.30am-2am
Alain Boutin

The popular restaurant Alain Boutin is very warm and friendly. Here you can choose from the regional French cuisine and specialities that are prepared by chef Alain Boutin range from rabbit to gazpacho.

​Address: 65 Rue Carnot, Poitiers​Phone: +33 54 98 82 553​Website:

This is a centrally located pizzeria that serves salads as well as grilled specialities. The atmosphere at Magenta is relaxed and friendly, very popular restaurant.

​Address: 10 r Magenta, Poitiers​Phone: +33 549 88 07 64
La Charette Ar

La Charette Ar is located in the centre of Poitiers. They offer traditional cuisine and other specialties. Here you can also indulge in savoury and sweet crêpes. The atmosphere is described as rustic and charming.

​Address: 15 pl. Charles de Gaulle, Poitiers​Phone: +33 533 52 14 23 ​Website:​Opening hours: Closed on Sundays
Le Poitevin

This charming restaurant with its five different dining rooms offers a range of French dishes. The menu offers dishes like smoked salmon, or home-made ice creams and sorbets for desert.

​Address: 76, Rue Carnot, Poitiers​Phone: +33 549 88 35 04​Website:
Poitiers has a great choice of venues for a night out. Techno or electronic music, hits from the 1980’s or cabaret nights, this city offers something for pretty much everyone. The atmosphere is often young and lively, partly due to the students studying at Poitiers’ university.
Confort Moderne

Confort Moderne is a venue that is well-known for regular electronic music. Here you can also go to different events as they host about 60 concerts every year.

​Address: 185, rue du Faubourg du Pont-Neuf, Poitiers​Phone: +33 5 49 46 08 08​Website:
Discotheque La Grand Goule

This is a big club playing rock, dance, groove and techno music on three different levels. This venue is popular with young people. It opens late and stays open until the early hours.

​Address: 46, rue du Pigeon Blanc, Poitiers​Phone: +33 5 49 50 41 36​Website:
Aux Sixties

Aux Sixties is a 1960’s style bar with a friendly atmosphere, especially popular with gays and lesbians. Here you can go and see shows on Sundays and Saturdays.

​Address: 1, Rue des Quatre Roues, Poitiers​Phone: +33 5 49 52 19 44​Website:​Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10.30pm-7am
Le Pince Oreille

This fun bar and restaurant hosts various events ranging from cabaret nights to Brazilian music concerts. They offer a long wine and cocktail list if you desire a drink.

​Address: 11, Rue des Trois-Rois, Poitiers​Phone: +33 5 49 60 25 99​Website:
Caribou Café

A Canadian-style bar and restaurant does not only serve beers imported from Canada, but also typical Canadian snacks, including dishes with maple syrup. Here you can also enjoy spirits and cocktails inspired by the Québec.

​Address: 7, Rue de la Régratterie, Poitiers​Phone: +33 5 49 00 43 66​Website:
Relax Bar

This friendly, centrally-located bar is popular for its rum distillery and features a total of 12 kinds of rum. Here you will get fresh, homemade cocktails and rums. In the summertime you can sit on the terrace on the market place and admire the view of the church Notre-Dame-la-Grande.

​Address: 20, Place Charles de Gaulle, Poitiers​Phone: +33 549 41 13 64​Website:
Are you craving for something sweet and would like to relax between all the shopping and sightseeing? Head to one of the cafés the city has on offer. Here you will find everything from tea houses that offers wide selections of delicious tea to bakeries that will satisfy you with all the sweets you can desire.
Le Bonheur est dans le Thé

If you fancy a cup of tea, this place will surely satisfy your cravings. The tea here is entirely ethical and eco-friendly and you can enjoy your cup curled up beside the fireplace or in the library corner, or if the weather is fine, out on the terrace. If you are hungry you can try the home made dishes, seasonal and locally produced ingredients of course, to go perfectly with the fair trade and organic teas.

​Address: 7 rue Carnot, Poitiers​Phone: +33 05 49 41 44 48​Website:
Boulangerie Pâtisserie

This is a bakery located in the city of Vivonne, outside of Poitiers. Coming here is a perfect day trip with a sweet ending. Breads, cakes, ice creams, pastries, you will find it all here. If you are looking for a larger amount of sweets, just call to make an order in advance.

​Address: 7, avenue de la plage, Vivonne ​Phone: +33 0549 434 004 ​Website:
Café des Arts

This café is located close to the Notre-Dame-la Grande landmark cathedral. This small café features a simple, classic décor and a nice patio for the warmer summer months.

​Address: 5, Place Charles de Gaulle, Poitiers​Phone: +33 5 49 41 14 61​Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8.30am-2am
Jasmin Citronnelle

This is a small place located in the heart of the city. If you are feeling hungry they serve salads, pies and pastries. They offer a wide selection of tea or why not drink hot chocolate. The atmosphere is quite, relaxed and cosy.

​Address: 32, rue Gambetta, Poitiers​Phone: +33 5 49 41 37 26​Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12pm-7pm
Cote Place

This is a small place located in the heart of the city. If you are feeling hungry they serve salads, pies and pastries. They offer a wide selection of tea or why not drink hot chocolate. The atmosphere is quite, relaxed and cosy.

​Address: 33, place du Maréchal Leclerc, Poitiers​Phone: +33 549 37 26 00​Website:
No trip to Poitiers is complete without a visit to the local arts and crafts shops. Start at the picturesque Grand Rue and pay a visit to La Maison de Poupée (151 GrandRue). Once you enter this cosy doll shop, you will be transported back to childhood immediately: marionettes, antique toys... this boutique has almost everything a child loves. Nearby, at 113 GrandRue, lies Ciergerie Guédon, a candle maker. The shop features one of the few remaining factories in France where candles are made by hand. In a different part of the city, at the Place de La Liberte, music fans are sure to enjoy the shop of instrument maker Laurent Gayraud. From violins to cellos, Mr Gayraus has been making fine instruments in Poitiers for more than 20 years. Those with a particularly sweet tooth should not miss the Rannou-Métivier on the rue des Cordeliers pedestrian street, a shop making traditional, mouth-watering biscuits and chocolate. There are also plenty of food markets in Poitiers, such as on Place Notre Dame and Rue Magenta, as well as a used books’ fair at Place Le Petit. And of course there are department stores and other shops offering pretty much anything from clothes to jewellery to gadgets.
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Poitiers Biard Airport

Poitiers Biard Airport is located 3 kilometres west of Poitiers and can be reached easily via the motorway. The airport also features a car park close to the airport terminal. A taxi can take you to the city centre in about 10 minutes. +33 549 88 12 34

​Address: Poitiers Biard Airport, Poitiers​Phone: +33 5 49 30 04 40​Website:
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