Ballon tourism and travel guide

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Visit Ballon: highlights and tourist information

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Ballon is situated in the Charente-Maritime department and Poitou-Charentes region (now part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region), in the west of France at 19 kilometres from La Rochelle, the department capital (general information: Ballon is 398 kilometres from Paris).

Popular places to visit nearby include Chatelaillon-Plage at 11 km and Rochefort at 13 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Ballon, 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 Ballon 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 Charente-Maritime

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

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

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

Ballon is in the west of France. 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