Poitiers is a major university centre in west-central France with an attractive and historic town centre dating back to the medieval Romanesque period. Visitors can enjoy the 4th century Baptistère Saint-Jean, the oldest church in the country, and the Notre-Dame la Grande church, first mentioned in the 10th century. Around a 23km drive west of Poitiers in your car hire is the picturesque market town of Chauvigny, home to the remains of several castles and a church featuring a 15th century fresco of the martyrdom of St Leger. A short drive to the south east will bring you to the sleepy countryside town of Nouaille-Maupertuis known for its 12th century Abbey St-Junien, where a substantial part of the original buildings can still be seen. For a fun family trip, a car rental puts the Futuroscope theme park within easy reach. Explore Poitiers with ease when you rent a car with Sixt.