Besne tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Briere Regional Natural Parc at 16 km from Besne

Visit Besne: highlights and tourist information

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Besne is situated in the Loire-Atlantique department and Pays de la Loire region.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Besne in Pays de la Loire.

Popular places to visit nearby include Briere Regional Natural Parc at 16 km and Saint-Brevin-les-Pins at 17 km.

Besne, France: places to visit and attractions

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

Briere Regional Natural Parc

Briere Regional Natural Parc

Natural Parc at 16 km (direction west)

Away from the beaches, Briere Regional Natural Parc is the second largest marsh area...

See Briere Regional Natural Parc guide


Seaside resort at 17 km (direction south-south-west)

The beach at Saint-Brevin-les-Pins is the main attraction and we also enjoyed exploring the...

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La Roche-Bernard

La Roche-Bernard

at 21 km (direction west-north-west), in the Morbihan department

The river harbour and historic old town centre make La Roche-Bernard a lovely little...

See La Roche-Bernard guide


Seaside resort at 23 km (direction west-south-west)

The emphasis in Pornichet, immediately south of La Baule, is most certainly based around...

See Pornichet guide
La Baule

La Baule

Seaside resort at 26 km (direction west-south-west)

La Baule-Escoblac is a very pleasant and popular resort with a long sandy beach...

See La Baule guide


at 27 km (direction west-south-west)

Guerande is one of the most interesting towns in Pays-de-la-Loire, with its medieval fortifications...

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at 28 km (direction west-south-west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

Combining and active port with the cobbled streets of the old town, Redon is...

See Redon guide
Le Pouliguen

Le Pouliguen

Seaside resort at 29 km (direction west-south-west)

If you visit the beach resort of Le Pouligueun be sure to follow the...

See Le Pouliguen guide


at 31 km (direction south)

Pornic is one of the liveliest and most vibrant harbour towns along the Jade...

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Jade Coast

Jade Coast

at 31 km (direction south-south-west)

Pornic, a traditional port town with an attrcative harbour, is well placed to explore...

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La Turballe

La Turballe

Seaside resort at 32 km (direction west)

Less developed than some resorts here, the centre of activity in La Turballe is...

See La Turballe guide


at 32 km (direction west-south-west)

The resort at Batz-sur-Mer is much quiter and smaller than many nearby, ideal if...

See Batz-sur-Mer guide
Le Croisic

Le Croisic

at 33 km (direction west-south-west)

One of the nicest fishing harbour towns in the region, Le Croisic is a...

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at 34 km (direction west)

The fishing harbour and traditional granite houses in Piriac-sur-Mer create an interesting diversion from...

See Piriac-sur-Mer guide

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Markets in and near Besne

  • Pontchateau: market Monday all day (5km)
  • Donges: market Thursday (8km)
  • Herbignac: market Wednesday (18km)
  • Saint-Brevin-les-Pins: market Wednesday (18km)
  • La Roche-Bernard: market Thursday (20km)
  • Pornichet: market Wednesday & Saturday (24km)
  • La Baule: market every day except Monday (26km)
  • Guerande: market Wednesday & Saturday (26km)
  • Blain: market Tuesday & Saturday (26km)
  • Redon: market Saturday & Monday all day & Friday (28km)

More information about Besne, Pays de la Loire

Tourist attractions near Besne, France

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

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin des plantes (46km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Loire Estuaire (12km)
  • Marais de Vilaine (21km)
  • Marais Salants de Guérande (23km)
  • Pointe Sainte-Gildas (31km)
  • Île-aux-Pies (35km)
  • Lac de Grand-Lieu (46km)
  • Petite Amazonie de Nantes (47km)
  • Marais de Machecoul (49km)
  • Île Héron (France) (49km)
  • Source - Rivière de Noyalo (50km)

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Grand-Fougeray (45km)
  • Elven (53km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique du château de Branféré (32km)
  • Planète sauvage (parc) (40km)

Geography and distances

Besne is in the north-west of France at 45 kilometres from Nantes, the department capital (general information: Besne is 367 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Besne

Canton: Pontchâteau

Arrondissement: Saint-Nazaire

Department: Loire-Atlantique

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 44160

Distance to Besne

from Nantes (prefecture): 45 km

from Paris: 367 km

from Calais: 488 km

from Nice: 836 km

from Bordeaux: 308 km

from Strasbourg: 744 km

Getting here

Most visitors arrive by car via one of the ferry ports such as Saint-Malo or Cherbourg. Allow around 3 hours for the trip in France. For driving distances to Besne from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 2 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Crossac and Pontchateau.

This page in French: Visiter Besne