One of Poitiers' many attractions, and a part of the city's identity through the ages, is its numerous open spaces and landscapes. Even before the 18th century, when the city was still surrounded by walls, the town itself only occupied a small portion of space on the promontory. Large empty lots served as meadows, gardens and even vineyards.
Today, private gardens still exist, hidden in the centre of blocks of town houses and only noticeable by peeking through an occasionally open gate. However the town doesn't lack public gardens either. These are equally situated in the different quarters of the city centre or its near outskirts. Each park has its own identity and atmosphere, so the visitor can have all his or her time to walk, smell the flowers and discover botanical curiosities !
For a more original outing, the Jardin des Sens is a natural site dedicated to small regional fauna and flora. (For more information : Jardin des Sens).