The nearest airport, Biard, is but 5 minutes from the centre of Poitiers and has various daily domestic flights. The city’s main train station is just north of the centre and will connect you to various nearby cities. You can also easily reach Poitiers by car. Once in the city, you can easily get around with the public bus system, which has a dozen lines.
The gastronomy of the Poitou-Charentes region is two-faced: on the one hand, the abundant marshes are conducive to the cultivation of the Angelica plant, which is often used for medicinal purposes, but also in all types of regional cuisine. On the other hand, the sea is not far away, so regional cooks love to use fresh oysters and mussels. Many dishes will also contain cognac, a liqueur that is produced locally.
Many events take place over the year in Poitiers. The Henri-Langlois film festival is dedicated to short films. Les Expressifs takes place around October and is entirely dedicated to street entertainment. The Make Art festival is dedicated to digital art and BRUISME is showcases experimental and improv’ music. In addition, the Poitiers Juggling convention takes place each August.
The name “Poitiers” is derived from the Latin word “Pictava” which comes from the Pictone people who inhabited the land. The prefix “pict-“ means “cunning”.
http://www.poitiers.fr (Official city site)http://www.ot-poitiers.fr// (Tourist site)