Poitiers is a city in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of western France.

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Notre Dame of Poitiers

Poitiers is a pleasant, relatively small city of around 85,000 inhabitants that has strong medieval roots. It is on the Clain river.

Charles Martel changed the course of French and European history near Poitiers in 732 by halting the advancing Moors in the Battle of Tours, which was the first decisive Christian victory over the Moorish invaders. The battle took place just a few kilometres north of the city.

There isn’t a lot to see in Poitiers. To be honest and to make a long story short, it’s a boring place.

Poitiers is roughly 350 km (220 mi) due south of Paris, 120 km (75 mi) East of the Atlantic Coast.

Halfway between Paris and Toulouse on the motorway A10, Poitiers can be a nice place to stay for a couple of days on a trip to other destinations in the South West region of France.

The journey from Paris (Montparnasse station) to Poitiers takes 90 min on the TGV high speed train. Upon arrival, the city centre is straight ahead out of the station, on the top of the hill.

46.58750.3066671 Poitiers–Biard Airport (PIS  IATA) offers daily international connections from:

  • London, from Stansted with Ryanair, the flight takes a little over an hour.
  • Lyon, a major French hub.

Map of Poitiers

Given the small size of the city centre, walking is the best way to get around. All the main attractions, apart from Futuroscope, are within reasonable walking distance of each other.

Poitiers’ train and bus stations are next to each other. Nearby towns, cities, and local attractions can be reached by bus, operated by Vitalis.

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