A countryside of culture to discover on foot or by bike
The source of the Trézence is in Loulay, a large rural village between Niort and Saint-Jean-d’Angély; it’s an ideal starting-point for bike rides in the heart of nature. A number of waymarked itineraries are shown on the planimeter in the village square that feature country lanes for enjoyable family excursions to discover village architecture. The beautiful wooded park is just right for a snack or picnic in the shade of hundred-year-old trees. Don’t forget that this is also an ideal spot for games with the children!
Romanesque art, an open book
Around Loulay, you can see far across the undulating plains. Just a few kilometres away, the Jardin de Sculpture Romane de Lozay has one of the best displays of Romanesque art in our region. A true open-air museum that is an interesting introduction to Saintongeais Romanesque art. There are complete or partial reworkings of emblematic Saintonge monuments spread through the vegetation. An ideal starting point for a Romanesque art tour!
An authentic heritage
Don’t ignore the rural heritage when you are visiting Romanesque churches, such as the legendary fountains of Sainte-Radegonde at Courant or the washhouse of Puits Bardon at Lozay …
An unmissable visit to the Museum of the State School in Vergné where you’ll find yourself in a classroom dating from the end of the 19th century doing writing exercises by steel pen!