Day Trips/Events in Poitiers
Poitiers' central location offers plenty of scope for touring. Nearby places of interest include the medieval town of Parthenay, situated on the Le Thouet River. The town is famous for its vibrant summer markets and laid back caf' culture. Parthenay is also a much-revered place of pilgrimage. Feeling hemmed in? Why not make a break for the pretty seaside town of La Rochelle. La Rochelle is within easy reach of Poitiers and is renowned for its superb seafood, which is well worth stopping off for.
For a small town, Poitiers has a surprisingly lively events calendar. In July, the town hosts a lively Bastille Day party, complete with an impressive fireworks display and outdoor festivities. Meanwhile, March's International Film School Festival draws in up and coming talent as well as established movie buffs.