Fouras tourism and travel guide

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Visit Fouras: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: While the beaches are the main highlight here in Fouras, be sure to also visit the Vauban fortifications

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

Important note

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

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Fouras in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Popular places to visit nearby include Chatelaillon-Plage at 10 km and Rochefort at 11 km.

Fouras, France: places to visit and attractions

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



Island at 7 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Ile-d'Aix guide


Seaside resort at 10 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Chatelaillon-Plage guide


at 11 km (direction east-south-east)

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

See Rochefort guide


at 15 km (direction south)

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

See Brouage guide
La Rochelle

La Rochelle

at 20 km (direction north-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 20 km (direction north-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 20 km (direction north-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 20 km (direction north-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 20 km (direction north-north-west)

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

See La Rochelle towers guide
Ile d'Oleron

Ile d'Oleron

Island at 21 km (direction west-south-west)

It is usually the beaches that attract visitors to Ile d'Oleron, but...

See Ile d'Oleron guide


Seaside resort at 22 km (direction south-south-west)

Ronce-les-Bains is a long established resort with several beaches nearby, and an...

See Ronce-les-Bains guide
La Tremblade

La Tremblade

Seaside resort at 25 km (direction south-south-west)

Visit the beach and port at La Tremblade, and explore the sand...

See La Tremblade guide


at 29 km (direction east-north-east)

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

See Surgeres guide
La Flotte-en-Re

La Flotte-en-Re

Most Beautiful Village at 29 km (direction north-west)

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

See La Flotte-en-Re guide

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Markets in and near Fouras

Market days in Fouras: weekly market: Tuesday & Friday;

  • Fouras: market Tuesday & Friday (0km)
  • Chatelaillon-Plage: market Tuesday & Friday & (10km)
  • Rochefort: market Tuesday and Thurday (10km)
  • Echillais: market Wednesday (14km)
  • Le Chateau-d'Oleron: market every day - seasonal market only (15km)
  • Dolus-d'Oleron: market every day except Wednesday & Thursday - seasonal market only (16km)
  • Bourcefranc-le-Chapus: market Wednesday - seasonal market only (16km)
  • Bourcefranc-le-Chapus: market Sunday (16km)
  • Aytre: market Friday (17km)
  • Saint Pierre d'Oleron: market every day (18km)

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Tourist attractions near Fouras, France

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


Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Saint-Savinien (Fenioux) (39km)
  • Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes (Saintes) (45km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (Maille) (46km)
  • Abbaye Saint Pierre et Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Maillezais) (50km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Eulalie (Benet) (56km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins de la Boirie (18km)
  • Jardins du phare de Chassiron (23km)
  • La Roche Courbon (30km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Hiers-Brouage (15km)
  • Forêt de Saint-Trojan (21km)
  • Forêt domaniale de la Coubre (28km)
  • Forêt de Benon (34km)
  • Pointe de la Coubre (34km)
  • Baie de l'Aiguillon (40km)
  • Pointe de Suzac (43km)
  • Forêt de Suzac (46km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Zoo de la Palmyre (34km)

Geography and distances

Fouras is in the west of France at 20 kilometres from La Rochelle, the department capital (general information: Fouras is 410 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Fouras

Canton: Rochefort-Nord

Arrondissement: Rochefort

Department: Charente-Maritime

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 17450

Distance to Fouras

from La Rochelle (prefecture): 20 km

from Paris: 410 km

from Calais: 593 km

from Nice: 705 km

from Bordeaux: 134 km

from Strasbourg: 726 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 Fouras from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 4 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Port-Des-Barques, Saint-Laurent-de-la-Pree, Saint-Nazaire-sur-Charente and Yves.

This page in French: Visiter Fouras