Ballon tourism and travel guide

Photo of Ballon in Charente-Maritime

Photo is of Chatelaillon-Plage at 11 km from Ballon

Visit Ballon: highlights and tourist information

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Ballon is situated in the Charente-Maritime department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Ballon in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Popular places to visit nearby include Chatelaillon-Plage at 11 km and Rochefort at 13 km.

Ballon, France: places to visit and attractions

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



Seaside resort at 11 km (direction west)

The seaside resort of Chatelaillon-Plage has a long sandy beach and a friendly atmosphere...

See Chatelaillon-Plage guide


at 13 km (direction south)

Rochefort is an attractive 18th century town with a famous corderie, where ropes and...

See Rochefort guide


Seaside resort at 13 km (direction west-south-west)

While the beaches are the main highlight here in Fouras, be sure to also...

See Fouras guide


at 16 km (direction east-north-east)

It is the cluster of monuments in the park in the centre of Surgeres...

See Surgeres guide


Island at 18 km (direction west-south-west)

Ile d'Aix is a small island, explored on foot or by bike, known for...

See Ile-d'Aix guide
La Rochelle Natural History Museum

La Rochelle Natural History Museum

Museum at 19 km (direction west-north-west)

The Natural History Museum in La Rochelle contains an eclectic mix of items collected...

See La Rochelle Natural History Museum guide
La Rochelle aquarium

La Rochelle aquarium

at 19 km (direction west-north-west)

The aquarium in La Rochelle features various parts, including a shark tank and many...

See La Rochelle aquarium guide
La Rochelle towers

La Rochelle towers

at 19 km (direction west-north-west)

These three fortress towers protect the entrance to the harbour in La Rochelle...

See La Rochelle towers guide
La Rochelle harbour

La Rochelle harbour

at 19 km (direction west-north-west)

The harbour area in La Rochelle is the liveliest part of the town, with...

See La Rochelle harbour guide
La Rochelle

La Rochelle

at 19 km (direction west-north-west)

The historic town and monuments and the vibrant harbour area make La Rochelle one...

See La Rochelle guide


at 25 km (direction south-south-west)

The town of Brouage is visited for the substantial fortifications and citadel, dating from...

See Brouage guide


at 28 km (direction south-south-west)

Marans is a small town with a pretty section along the river in the...

See Marans guide


at 29 km (direction east-south-east)

In an attractive setting on the banks of the Charente River, Saint-Savinien also has...

See Saint-Savinien guide
La Flotte-en-Re

La Flotte-en-Re

Most Beautiful Village at 32 km (direction west-north-west)

The village of La Flotte-en-Ré is a pretty village on the Ile-de-Ré...

See La Flotte-en-Re guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Charente-Maritime

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Map of places to visit near Ballon


Markets in and near Ballon

  • Chatelaillon-Plage: market Tuesday & Friday & (11km)
  • Fouras: market Tuesday & Friday (13km)
  • Rochefort: market Tuesday and Thurday (13km)
  • Aytre: market Friday (16km)
  • Surgeres: market Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (17km)
  • Echillais: market Wednesday (18km)
  • La Rochelle: market every day (19km)
  • Courcon: market Wednesday (23km)
  • Le Chateau-d'Oleron: market every day - seasonal market only (27km)
  • Rivedoux Plage: market Monday and Friday (27km)

More information about Ballon, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions near Ballon, France

What to do at Ballon? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Ballon.


Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Saint-Savinien (Fenioux) (33km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (Maille) (34km)
  • Abbaye Saint Pierre et Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Maillezais) (39km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Pierre (Dampierre-sur-Boutonne) (42km)
  • Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes (Saintes) (43km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Eulalie (Benet) (43km)
  • Eglise de Saint Germain (Varaize) (43km)
  • Abbaye Royale (Nieul-sur-l'Autise) (46km)
  • Abbaye de Fontdouce (Saint-Bris-des-Bois) (50km)

Remarkable gardens

  • La Roche Courbon (29km)
  • Jardins de la Boirie (30km)
  • Jardins du phare de Chassiron (33km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Forêt de Benon (21km)
  • Hiers-Brouage (25km)
  • Baie de l'Aiguillon (28km)
  • Forêt de Saint-Trojan (33km)
  • Forêt domaniale de la Coubre (39km)
  • Pointe de la Coubre (46km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Zoodyssée (44km)
  • Zoo de la Palmyre (44km)

Geography and distances

Ballon is in the west of France at 19 kilometres from La Rochelle, the department capital (general information: Ballon is 398 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Ballon

Canton: Aigrefeuille-d'Aunis

Arrondissement: Rochefort

Department: Charente-Maritime

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 17290

Distance to Ballon

from La Rochelle (prefecture): 19 km

from Paris: 398 km

from Calais: 582 km

from Nice: 698 km

from Bordeaux: 139 km

from Strasbourg: 713 km

Getting here

Most visitors will arrive by car typically from a channel ferry ports such as Saint Malo, Caen or Cherbourg, a drive af about 4-5 hours. For driving distances to Ballon from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 6 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Ardillieres, Cire-d'Aunis, Croix-Chapeau, Forges, Le Thou and Thaire.

This page in French: Visiter Ballon