Between Poitiers and La Rochelle, the Melle is a characteristic medieval hilltop village on the “Way of Saint James” pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Because of its religious heritage, the village has three noteworthy Romanesque churches built in the 11th and 12th centuries: the UNESCO-listed Eglise Saint-Hilaire, with fabulous intricately carved capitals; the Eglise Saint-Savinien, which hosts a classical music festival in May and June; and the Eglise Saint-Pierre, with an inspiring bright, harmonious interior that contrasts its somber exterior.