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Esse tourism and travel guide

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Visit Esse: highlights and tourist information

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Esse is situated in the Ille-et-Vilaine department and Brittany region, in the north-west of France at 26 kilometres from Rennes, the department capital (general information: Esse is 296 kilometres from Paris).

Popular places to visit nearby include Chateaugiron at 12 km and Vitre at 24 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Esse, 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 Esse in Brittany.

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


... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Ille-et-Vilaine

Map of places to visit near Esse


Markets in and near Esse

  • Janze: market Wednesday (5km)
  • Chateaugiron: market Thursday (12km)
  • La Guerche-de-Bretagne: market Tuesday (15km)
  • Chateaubourg: market Friday (17km)
  • Cesson-Sevigne: market Saturday (22km)
  • Bain-de-Bretagne: market Monday (23km)
  • Vitre: market Monday (24km)
  • Thorigne-Fouillard: market Sunday (25km)
  • Bruz: market Friday (25km)
  • Rennes: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday (26km)

More information about Esse, Brittany

Tourist attractions near Esse, France

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

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin des fontaines et parc de l’Athanor (19km)
  • Jardins de Broceliande (34km)
  • Parc et jardins du château de Craon (38km)
  • Jardins de la Pellerine (49km)
  • Parc et jardin de Clivoy (51km)
  • Parc du château de Caradeuc (54km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Forêt de Chevré (22km)
  • Étang de la Cantache (23km)
  • Étang de la Valière (25km)
  • Forêt de Rennes (28km)
  • Étang de Paintourteau (28km)
  • Complexe forestier Rennes-Liffré-Chèvre, étang et lande d'Ouée, forêt de Haute-Sève (29km)
  • Forêt du Pertre (29km)
  • Abbaye Notre-Dame du Nid-au-Merle (31km)
  • Étang de Haute-Vilaine (31km)
  • Vallée du Canut (35km)
  • Étang de Châtillon-en-Vendelais (35km)
  • Étangs du canal d'Ille-et-Rance (46km)
  • Source - Couesnon (48km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Grand-Fougeray (35km)
  • Bedee (46km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Cesson-Sevigne (22km)
  • Chartres-de-Bretagne (23km)
  • Le Rheu (32km)
  • Juvigne (42km)

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Esse

Canton: Retiers

Arrondissement: Rennes

Department: Ille-et-Vilaine

Region: Brittany

Postcode: 35150

Distance to Esse

from Rennes (prefecture): 26 km

from Paris: 296 km

from Calais: 408 km

from Nice: 822 km

from Bordeaux: 353 km

from Strasbourg: 682 km

Getting here

Esse is in the north-west of France. Most visitors Most UK visitors arrive by car with the cross-channel ferry port at Saint Malo keeping driving time to a minimum. For driving distances to Esse from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 8 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Amanlis, Boistrudan, Janze, Le Theil-de-Bretagne, Marcille-Robert, Moulins, Pire-sur-Seiche and Retiers.

This page in French: Visiter Esse

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