Marans is one of more northerly towns in the Charente-Maritime very close to the boundary with the Vendée, The River Sevre-Niortaise runs through the centre of the town on its way to La Rochelle and the Atlantic-Ocean.
This was once an important port with a large trade in Wheat and Dairy products, today the port has no commercial importance save that of a marina for pleasure craft.
The unusual futuristic Church spire of Marans, the Covered Market hall, the ancient moulin de Beauregard and the ruins of of the Eglise St. Etienne, together with the walks along the harbour side makes Marans a pleasant stop off on your journey.This is the covered market.
Having said that on the day we visited in early September it was very quiet, many shops and restaurants were closed and only a few people were about. The busiest part was the main through road which had an almost constant passage of heavy lorries moving through.
There were a couple of boat hire places open but no queues to get on the boats like I have encountered in places like Coulon during mid summer. I suppose it was the beginning of the ‘end of the season’. Evidently in days gone by there was a flourishing dairy industry, based on cattle which were well fed on the surrounding Marrais Poitevin pastures.
This is what the information board said.
Finally a few more photos that I took whilst there…note the lack of people. Anyway very pleasant and well worth a look, maybe in the summer.
Barthélémy Fabbro A citizen of Marans, Mr. Barthélémy Fabbro, provided for the construction of a bell tower in 1988 thanks to a donation. He deplored to see the church in which he had made his first communion, remain without steeple. At the age of 93, he decided to offer this new constuction to the city and he chose the style. A company of the commune specialized in the construction of masts and they formulated the new bell-tower, paying homage to the know-how of the Marrans people……
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