taken on a walk that leads you through Melle, a 6 km (3.7 mi) walk known as the ‘Arboretum, Chemin de la Découverte’. This walk passes more than 1000 species of trees and shrubs from the temperate areas of the world, and a collection of over 100 roses.
The town was founded in the reign of Charlemagne as a mining centre and was, for a time, the home of the French mint. The mines which supplied the mint continued to function off and on before being forgotten altogether in the 1700s, not to be discovered again until the 1900s. The mine is now a tourist attraction and can be visited most days of the year.
Featured in Your Country’s Best 29th March 2010
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