Arcais tourism and travel guide

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Visit Arcais: highlights and tourist information

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Arcais is situated in the Deux-Sevres department and Poitou-Charentes region (now part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region), in the western-centre of France at 18 kilometres from Niort, the department capital (general information: Arcais is 365 kilometres from Paris).

Popular places to visit nearby include Marais Poitevin at 7 km and Coulon at 9 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Arcais, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Arcais in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!


... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Deux-Sevres

Map of places to visit near Arcais

Markets in and near Arcais

  • Benet: market Monday (11km)
  • Courcon: market Wednesday (11km)
  • Niort: market Thursday all day & Saturday all day (18km)
  • Fontenay-le-Comte: market Saturday all day (21km)
  • Surgeres: market Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (22km)
  • Coulonges-sur-l'Autize: market Tuesday (22km)
  • Marans: market Tuesday (23km)
  • La Creche: market Sunday (31km)
  • Aytre: market Friday (38km)
  • Saint-Maixent-l'Ecole: market Saturday (39km)

More information about Arcais, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions near Arcais, France

Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Arcais.


  • Aquarium de La Rochelle (39km)

Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye Saint Pierre et Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Maillezais) (9km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (Maille) (9km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Eulalie (Benet) (10km)
  • Abbaye Royale (Nieul-sur-l'Autise) (14km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame (Vouvant) (31km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Pierre (Dampierre-sur-Boutonne) (33km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Brice (Saint-Mande-sur-Bredoire) (43km)
  • Eglise de Saint Germain (Varaize) (46km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins du Bâtiment (38km)
  • Arboretum du chemin de la découverte (43km)
  • Jardins de Chaligny (45km)
  • La Guyonnière (47km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Baie de l'Aiguillon (11km)
  • Forêt de Benon (12km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Natur'Zoo de Mervent (24km)
  • Zoodyssée (28km)

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Arcais

Canton: Frontenay-Rohan-Rohan

Arrondissement: Niort

Department: Deux-Sevres

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 79210

Distance to Arcais

from Niort (prefecture): 18 km

from Paris: 365 km

from Calais: 550 km

from Nice: 689 km

from Bordeaux: 163 km

from Strasbourg: 683 km

Getting here

Arcais is in the western-centre of France. Most visitors will come by car, as an excursion from the Loire Valley or approximately 4 hours from the channel port at Saint-Malo. For driving distances to Arcais from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 7 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Amure, Damvix, La Greve-sur-Mignon, Le Mazeau, Saint-Georges-de-Rex, Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud and Saint-Sigismond.

This page in French: Visiter Arcais