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PoitiersFrance

Stunning medieval buildings decorated with exquisite carvings and beautiful stained-glass windows surround you in this lively town.

Immerse yourself in the remarkable past and incredible architecture of Poitiers’ churches and cathedrals. Uncover the history of the town and marvel at how it has changed and adapted with the addition of charming cafés and delicious food.

Formerly the capital of the region of Poitou during the Middle Ages, the city was supported by the generous offerings of Eleanor of Aquitaine. The best way to see it all is by following the colored lines through the streets corresponding to three walking tours. Pick up a map from the information center before you begin a fascinating trip.

Start at the Notre Dame la Grande Church. Originally built in the 11th century, the church has had various additions over the years. These include 13th-century frescoes that cover the dome above the choir. Visit after dark during the summer to see the Romanesque west façade illuminated by a colorful light display.

Stroll east to the Cathédrale St-Pierre where the main feature is an intricate stained-glass window featuring the Crucifixion of Christ and adjacent panels of the Twelve Apostles observing the Ascension. Dated to the 12th century, this is one of the oldest windows of its type in Europe.

Don’t miss the Baptistère Saint-Jean nearby. This was constructed in the 4th century, making it one of Europe’s oldest remaining Christian structures. Step inside to view an octagonal bath that was used for total immersion baptisms.

After a day on your feet, relax at one of the many great cafés or restaurants. Try a macaron, the local sandwich cookie delicacy, or sit down to a plate of traditional French food.

Poitiers is located about a 1.5-hour drive inland of France’s central Atlantic coast and approximately 3.5 hours southwest of Paris. Select from plenty of hotels offering rooms for a wide range of prices.

Find an amazing assortment of cultural sites separated by narrow cobbled roads in Poitiers.

Where to stay in Poitiers

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Les 3 Cités

While Les 3 Cités isn't home to many top sights, Poitiers Cathedral and Place du Marechal Leclerc are some notable places to visit nearby.

Les 3 Cités

Top Hotels in Poitiers

Aparthotel Adagio access Poitiers
Aparthotel Adagio access Poitiers
3 out of 5
23 Boulevard Du Grand Cerf, Poitiers, Vienne
The price is $47 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 8

Situated in Poitiers, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Notre-Dame la Grande, Place Charles de Gaulle, and Palais de Justice. Place du Marechal Leclerc ...

4/5Very Good! (368 reviews)
Great Apartment

"Great apartment. Really appreciated the fridge and kitchenette. Short walk to town centre via rear entrance. Car park secure and only E6.50."…"

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2020

Aparthotel Adagio access Poitiers
Hôtel de l'Europe
Hôtel de l'Europe
3 out of 5
39 rue Carnot, Poitiers, Vienne
The price is $85 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in the heart of Poitiers, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place du Marechal Leclerc, St-Hilaire-le-Grand Church, and Palais de Justice. Parc ...

4.3/5Excellent! (192 reviews)

"enjoyable day in Poitiers"…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Hôtel de l'Europe
Best Western Poitiers Centre Le Grand Hotel
Best Western Poitiers Centre Le Grand Hotel
4 out of 5
28 Rue Sadi Carnot, Poitiers, Vienne
The price is $79 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 14

Located in the heart of Poitiers, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place du Marechal Leclerc, St-Hilaire-le-Grand Church, and Palais de Justice. Notre-Dame ...

4.1/5Very Good! (326 reviews)

"The greeting on arrival was poor. The receptioist did not engage and seemed most disinterested in us. The room was comfortable and very clean but as a tea drinker i was disappointed there were only 2 tea bags for my use. I thought the towels were of poor quality and there was no bath towel in my ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2019

Best Western Poitiers Centre Le Grand Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Poitiers

Aparthotel Adagio access Poitiers
Aparthotel Adagio access Poitiers
3 out of 5
23 Boulevard Du Grand Cerf, Poitiers, Vienne
The price is $47 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 8

Situated in Poitiers, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Notre-Dame la Grande, Place Charles de Gaulle, and Palais de Justice. Place du Marechal Leclerc ...

4/5Very Good! (368 reviews)
Great Apartment

"Great apartment. Really appreciated the fridge and kitchenette. Short walk to town centre via rear entrance. Car park secure and only E6.50."…"

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2020

Aparthotel Adagio access Poitiers
Séjours & Affaires Poitiers Lamartine
Séjours & Affaires Poitiers Lamartine
14 boulevard du Pont Achard, Poitiers, Vienne
The price is $43 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1

Located in the heart of Poitiers, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of St-Hilaire-le-Grand Church, Place du Marechal Leclerc, and Parc de Blossac. Palais ...

3.8/5Good! (278 reviews)

"Good position for town. Excellent secure parking for €6. Needs a refurb."…"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2019

Séjours & Affaires Poitiers Lamartine
Studio Poitiers South
Studio Poitiers South
Poitiers, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
The price is $29 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 22

Situated in Poitiers, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Caves of the Norée, Parc de Blossac, and St-Hilaire-le-Grand Church. Place du Marechal ...

3.3/5 (3 reviews)
nuit

"Nuits pas calme avec le panneau de publicité électrique qui tourne toute la nuit et qui fait un sacré bruit!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

Studio Poitiers South
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Poitiers

Notre-Dame la Grande
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Notre-Dame la Grande

4.5/5(3 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Poitiers when you stop by Notre-Dame la Grande. Discover the area's cathedral and seek out its golf courses.

Cathédrale St-Pierre
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Cathédrale St-Pierre

Learn about the local history of Poitiers when you spend time at Cathédrale St-Pierre. Discover the area's cathedral and seek out its golf courses.

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