Deux-Sèvres

Parthenay

Parthenay
The Essential
Renowned for its Festival Ludique international (an outdoor games festival) and involvement in new technologies, the capital of the Pays de Gâtine was, according to legend, founded by the mythical fairy Mélusine. It is a pleasure to wander through its narrow streets lined with wood-fronted houses redolent of its rich past. Follow the walls, with the looping River Thouet on one side. From the Pont-Neuf, the view takes you back nine centuries, in the footsteps of the Compostella pilgrims.