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Forges tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Surgeres at 11 km from Forges

Visit Forges: highlights and tourist information

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Forges is situated in the Charente-Maritime department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

Popular places to visit nearby include Surgeres at 11 km and Chatelaillon-Plage at 15 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Forges, 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 Forges in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

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



at 11 km (direction east)

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

See Surgeres guide


Seaside resort at 15 km (direction west)

The seaside resort of Chatelaillon-Plage has a long sandy beach and a...

See Chatelaillon-Plage guide


at 19 km (direction south-south-west)

Rochefort is an attractive 18th century town with a famous corderie, where...

See Rochefort guide


Seaside resort at 20 km (direction west-south-west)

While the beaches are the main highlight here in Fouras, be sure...

See Fouras guide
La Rochelle

La Rochelle

at 21 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See La Rochelle guide
La Rochelle aquarium

La Rochelle aquarium

at 21 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See La Rochelle aquarium guide
La Rochelle harbour

La Rochelle harbour

at 21 km (direction west-north-west)

The harbour area in La Rochelle is the liveliest part of the...

See La Rochelle harbour guide
La Rochelle Natural History Museum

La Rochelle Natural History Museum

Museum at 21 km (direction west-north-west)

The Natural History Museum in La Rochelle contains an eclectic mix of...

See La Rochelle Natural History Museum guide
La Rochelle towers

La Rochelle towers

at 21 km (direction west-north-west)

These three fortress towers protect the entrance to the harbour in La...

See La Rochelle towers guide


Island at 24 km (direction west-south-west)

Ile d'Aix is a small island, explored on foot or by bike,...

See Ile-d'Aix guide


at 24 km (direction north-north-west)

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

See Marans guide


at 30 km (direction south-east)

In an attractive setting on the banks of the Charente River, Saint-Savinien...

See Saint-Savinien guide


at 31 km (direction south-west)

The town of Brouage is visited for the substantial fortifications and citadel,...

See Brouage guide
Marais Poitevin

Marais Poitevin

at 32 km (direction north-east)

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

See Marais Poitevin guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Charente-Maritime

Map of places to visit near Forges


Markets in and near Forges

  • Surgeres: market Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (11km)
  • Chatelaillon-Plage: market Tuesday & Friday & (15km)
  • Courcon: market Wednesday (17km)
  • Aytre: market Friday (18km)
  • Rochefort: market Tuesday and Thurday (19km)
  • Fouras: market Tuesday & Friday (20km)
  • La Rochelle: market every day (21km)
  • Echillais: market Wednesday (23km)
  • Marans: market Tuesday (24km)
  • Rivedoux Plage: market Monday and Friday (30km)

Hotels near Forges

More information about Forges, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions near Forges, France

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


Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (Maille) (28km)
  • Abbaye Saint Pierre et Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Maillezais) (32km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Savinien (Fenioux) (33km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Eulalie (Benet) (36km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Pierre (Dampierre-sur-Boutonne) (38km)
  • Abbaye Royale (Nieul-sur-l'Autise) (39km)
  • Eglise de Saint Germain (Varaize) (42km)
  • Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes (Saintes) (45km)
  • Abbaye de Fontdouce (Saint-Bris-des-Bois) (50km)
  • Eglise de Saint Vivien (Bagnizeau) (51km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre et eglise de Saint Hérie (Matha) (52km)

Remarkable gardens

  • La Roche Courbon (33km)
  • Jardins de la Boirie (36km)
  • Jardins du phare de Chassiron (38km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Forêt de Benon (14km)
  • Baie de l'Aiguillon (22km)
  • Hiers-Brouage (31km)
  • Forêt de Saint-Trojan (40km)
  • Forêt domaniale de la Coubre (46km)
  • Château de Richemont (Charente) (60km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Zoodyssée (39km)

Geography and distances

Forges is in the west of France at 20 kilometres from La Rochelle, the department capital (general information: Forges is 391 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Forges

Canton: Aigrefeuille-d'Aunis

Arrondissement: Rochefort

Department: Charente-Maritime

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 17290

Distance to Forges

from La Rochelle (prefecture): 20 km

from Paris: 391 km

from Calais: 575 km

from Nice: 696 km

from Bordeaux: 143 km

from Strasbourg: 707 km

Getting here

Most visitors will arrive by car typically from a channel ferry ports such as Saint Malo, Caen or Cherbourg, a drive af about 4-5 hours. For driving distances to Forges from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 10 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Aigrefeuille-d'Aunis, Ardillieres, Ballon, Chambon, Cire-d'Aunis, Landrais, Le Thou, Saint-Christophe, Saint-Medard-d'Aunis and Virson.

This page in French: Visiter Forges

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