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Fontenay-le-Comte tourism and travel guide

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Visit Fontenay-le-Comte: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: With some interesting 18th century townhouses to see, Fontenay-le-Comte is also home to the Chateau de Terre-Neuve

Fontenay-le-Comte is situated in the Vendee department and Pays de la Loire region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Fontenay-le-Comte. For detailed visitor information see the Fontenay-le-Comte travel guide.

Tourist classifications for Fontenay-le-Comte include "recommended detour", "secteur sauvegarde" and "town of art and history". It is unusual for a town to have 3 awards, which indicates how important Fontenay-le-Comte is as a tourist destination!

Popular places to visit nearby include Maillezais abbey at 11 km and Vouvant at 12 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Fontenay-le-Comte, 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 Fontenay-le-Comte in Pays de la Loire.

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

Nieul-sur-l'Autise

Nieul-sur-l'Autise

at 11 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
Maillezais abbey

Maillezais abbey

Abbey at 11 km (direction south-south-east)

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

See Maillezais abbey guide
Vouvant

Vouvant

Most Beautiful Village at 12 km (direction north-north-east)

The pleasant village of Vouvant still retains part of a medieval castle...

See Vouvant guide
Marans

Marans

at 23 km (direction south-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

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

See Marans guide
 
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Coulon

Coulon

Most Beautiful Village at 23 km (direction east-south-east), in the Deux-Sevres department

Established since 2000 years agio, Coulon is now a centre for exploring...

See Coulon guide
Marais Poitevin

Marais Poitevin

at 24 km (direction south-east), in the Charente-Maritime department

The Marais-Poitevin is a region of canals and marshes, an unusual environment...

See Marais Poitevin guide
Lucon

Lucon

at 28 km (direction west)

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

See Lucon guide
Luçon cathedral

Luçon cathedral

Cathedral at 28 km (direction west)

Luçon cathedral is a small cathedral with element in the roman, gothic,...

See Luçon cathedral guide
Niort

Niort

at 30 km (direction east-south-east), in the Deux-Sevres department

A typical local town rather than a tourist town, Niort does have...

See Niort guide
Chateau de Cherveux

Chateau de Cherveux

Castle at 35 km (direction east), in the Deux-Sevres department

The Chateau de Cherveux, one of the best preserved 15th century castles...

See Chateau de Cherveux guide
Surgeres

Surgeres

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

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

See Surgeres guide
La Faute-sur-Mer

La Faute-sur-Mer

Seaside resort at 42 km (direction west-south-west)

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

See La Faute-sur-Mer guide
La Rochelle

La Rochelle

at 43 km (direction south-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

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

See La Rochelle guide
La Rochelle aquarium

La Rochelle aquarium

at 43 km (direction south-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

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

See La Rochelle aquarium guide

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

Map of places to visit near Fontenay-le-Comte

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Markets in and near Fontenay-le-Comte

Market days in Fontenay-le-Comte: weekly market: Saturday all day;

  • Fontenay-le-Comte: market Saturday all day (0km)
  • Coulonges-sur-l'Autize: market Tuesday (16km)
  • Benet: market Monday (19km)
  • Marans: market Tuesday (23km)
  • Courcon: market Wednesday (25km)
  • Lucon: market Wednesday & Saturday (28km)
  • Niort: market Thursday all day & Saturday all day (31km)
  • Surgeres: market Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (40km)
  • La Creche: market Sunday (40km)
  • La Faute-sur-Mer: market Thursday & Sunday (42km)

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Tourist attractions near Fontenay-le-Comte, France

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

Aquarium

Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye Royale (Nieul-sur-l'Autise) (10km)
  • Abbaye Saint Pierre et Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Maillezais) (11km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame (Vouvant) (12km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (Maille) (14km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Eulalie (Benet) (19km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Pierre (Dampierre-sur-Boutonne) (53km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins du Bâtiment (19km)
  • Jardins de Chaligny (28km)
  • La Guyonnière (45km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Baie de l'Aiguillon (19km)
  • Forêt de Benon (29km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Natur'Zoo de Mervent (7km)
  • Zoodyssée (48km)
 
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Geography and distances

Fontenay-le-Comte is in the west of France at 52 kilometres from La Roche-sur-Yon, the department capital (general information: Fontenay-le-Comte is 355 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Fontenay-le-Comte

Canton: Fontenay-le-Comte

Arrondissement: Fontenay-le-Comte

Department: Vendee

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 85200

Distance to Fontenay-le-Comte

from La Roche-sur-Yon (prefecture): 52 km

from Paris: 355 km

from Calais: 535 km

from Nice: 704 km

from Bordeaux: 182 km

from Strasbourg: 683 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 Fontenay-le-Comte from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 8 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Auzay, Chaix, Fontaines, Longeves, Pissotte, Saint-Martin-de-Fraigneau, Saint-Michel-le-Cloucq and Serigne.

This page in French: Visiter Fontenay-le-Comte

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