Fontenay-le-Comte tourism and travel guide

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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!

Below you can see 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.

Popular places to visit nearby include Maillezais abbey at 11 km and Vouvant at 12 km.

Fontenay-le-Comte, France: places to visit and attractions

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

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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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