Melle 79500

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Postcode
79500
Population
3900
Altitude
87–174 m
SNCF
St Maixent l'Ecole
TGV
Niort, St Maixent l'Ecole or Poitiers
Airports
Poitiers, La Rochelle, Nantes & Limoges
Autoroutes
A10 & A83
Market day
Friday
Prefecture
Niort

Information

Melle is an ancient town which has traditional French architecture, some dating back before the C17th. It also is the site of the oldest silver mine in Europe still open to the public.

The much photographed church of Saint-Hilaire was listed as a UNESCO World heritage site.

Melle is a really vibrant small town. Melle and the surrounding countryside 'Pays Mellois' is known for its own particular type of goat's cheese, 'chabichou'.

Melle can be experienced nowhere better than at the weekly market (every Friday), selling fresh vegetables, meat, bread, cheeses and many other French delicacies, as well as clothing and household goods. The area surrounding Melle is full of Romanesque châteaux, mills, fountains and wash houses. Don't forget your camera!