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Bessay tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Lucon at 9 km from Bessay

Visit Bessay: highlights and tourist information

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Bessay is situated in the Vendee department and Pays de la Loire region.

Popular places to visit nearby include Lucon at 9 km and Luçon cathedral at 9 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Bessay, 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 Bessay in Pays de la Loire.

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



at 9 km (direction south)

Lucon is a quiet Vendee town, usually visited for its...

See Lucon guide
Luçon cathedral

Luçon cathedral

Cathedral at 9 km (direction south)

Luçon cathedral is a small cathedral with element in the...

See Luçon cathedral guide
La Faute-sur-Mer

La Faute-sur-Mer

Seaside resort at 26 km (direction south-west)

Here at La Faute-sur-Mer you can explore the nature...

See La Faute-sur-Mer guide


at 28 km (direction east)

With some interesting 18th century townhouses to see, Fontenay-le-Comte...

See Fontenay-le-Comte guide


at 28 km (direction south-east), in the Charente-Maritime department

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

See Marans guide


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

At Longeville-sur-Mer you will enjoy the lively market in the town as...

See Longeville-sur-Mer guide


Most Beautiful Village at 30 km (direction east)

The pleasant village of Vouvant still retains part of...

See Vouvant guide
La Tranche-sur-Mer

La Tranche-sur-Mer

Seaside resort at 31 km (direction west-south-west)

La Tranche-sur-Mer is a small resort, but very pleasant and with an...

See La Tranche-sur-Mer guide


Seaside resort at 35 km (direction west-south-west)

Jard-sur-Mer is a very pleasant, if quite small, Vendee resort with...

See Jard-sur-Mer guide


at 37 km (direction west)

The small town of Talmont-Saint-Hilaire is mainly known for...

See Talmont-Saint-Hilaire guide
Maillezais abbey

Maillezais abbey

Abbey at 37 km (direction east-south-east)

The ruins of the Maillezais abbey are on the edge...

See Maillezais abbey guide


at 38 km (direction east-south-east)

Highlights in Nieul-sur-l'Autise include the Abbey of Saint-Vincent and a traditional watermill...

See Nieul-sur-l'Autise guide


at 41 km (direction south-south-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

On the north coast of Ile-de-Ré, the village of Saint-Martin-de-Ré is very...

See Saint-Martin-de-Re guide
La Flotte-en-Re

La Flotte-en-Re

Most Beautiful Village at 41 km (direction south-south-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

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

See La Flotte-en-Re guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Vendee

Map of places to visit near Bessay


Markets in and near Bessay

  • Lucon: market Wednesday & Saturday (9km)
  • Angles: market Wednesday & Sunday (24km)
  • La Roche-sur-Yon: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday (26km)
  • La Faute-sur-Mer: market Thursday & Sunday (26km)
  • Les Essarts: market Wednesday (27km)
  • Fontenay-le-Comte: market Saturday all day (28km)
  • Marans: market Tuesday (28km)
  • La Tranche-sur-Mer: market Wednesday & Saturday (29km)
  • Jard-sur-Mer: market Monday (35km)
  • La Mothe-Achard: market Friday (40km)

More information about Bessay, Pays de la Loire

Tourist attractions near Bessay, France

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


Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Georges Clemenceau house (33km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Notre-Dame (Vouvant) (30km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (Maille) (35km)
  • Abbaye Saint Pierre et Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Maillezais) (37km)
  • Abbaye Royale (Nieul-sur-l'Autise) (38km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Eulalie (Benet) (46km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins de Chaligny (3km)
  • Jardins du Bâtiment (11km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Baie de l'Aiguillon (37km)
  • Forêt de Benon (47km)

Amusement park / theme park

  • Puy de Fou (43km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Natur'Zoo de Mervent (31km)
  • Fauconnerie du Puy du Fou (falconry) (43km)

Geography and distances

Bessay is in the west of France at 25 kilometres from La Roche-sur-Yon, the department capital (general information: Bessay is 368 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Bessay

Canton: Mareuil-sur-Lay-Dissais

Arrondissement: Roche-sur-Yon

Department: Vendee

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 85320

Distance to Bessay

from La Roche-sur-Yon (prefecture): 25 km

from Paris: 368 km

from Calais: 538 km

from Nice: 732 km

from Bordeaux: 194 km

from Strasbourg: 705 km

Getting here

Most visitors arrive by car from a cross-channel ferry port - Saint Malo is convenient at around 3 hours drive. For driving distances to Bessay from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 6 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Corpe, Mareuil-sur-Lay-Dissais, Moutiers-sur-le-Lay, Peault, Saint-Jean-de-Beugne and Sainte-Pexine.

This page in French: Visiter Bessay

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