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Poitiers is a mix of history, beautiful architecture and modern life. Alternatively called the "City of a Hundred Bell Towers", it features 78 protected historic monuments and medieval streets, 19th century boulevards and half-timbered houses. Famous monuments such as the church Notre-Dame la Grande and Saint-Pierre Cathedral attract thousands of tourists every year to the city, which is situated on a hill overlooking the Clain and Boivre rivers, making Poitiers a riverside gem with a predominant historical flair. As a major university centre, it also manages to remain young and buzzing, transforming into a vibrant hub thanks to its lively bars, trendy cafes and funky clubs.
Poitiers is called the city of art and culture due to the vestiges of thousands years of history, presenting a bustling centre where it's a pleasure to wonder and get lost in its intricate maze of cobbled streets. The city offers many famous historical sites like the magnificent Romanesque church Notre-Dame la Grande, which has become the city's landmark, and the impressive Saint-Pierre Cathedral. If you would like to visit a more modern attraction, head to Futuroscope, a technological theme park that is an entertaining option for any age.
Poitiers’ cuisine is marked by hearty dishes with tasty sauces. There are plenty of fine, mouth-watering French specialities waiting to be discovered at the numerous and well-renowned eateries. Goat cheese, lamb, freshwater fish and, of course, escargots, can be found in the menus of the local restaurants. A visit to Poitiers will naturally not be complete without a glass of fine regional wine, such as the Gamay.
If you are you craving something sweet and would like to relax between all the shopping and sightseeing, then head to one of the cafes the city has to offer. Here you will find everything from tea houses, with their wide selections of brews and cookies, to bakeries that will not fail to satisfy your desires.
Poitiers has a great choice of venues for a night out. This city offers something for any sort of party animals, from techno or electronic music, to hits from the 1980s or cabaret nights. The atmosphere is often young and lively, partly due to the young crowd that lives here because of the University of Poitiers.
No trip to Poitiers is complete without a visit to the local arts and crafts shops. Start with the picturesque Grand Rue and its ample assortment of traditional shops, and continue down Rue des Cordeliers, a true shopper's paradise. Here you will find an endless selection of national and international shops, including bakeries, clothes retail shops, and the Cordelier mall, one of the city's favourite shopping destinations.
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