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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

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.

Fouras is situated in the Charente-Maritime department and Poitou-Charentes region (now part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region), in the west of France at 20 kilometres from La Rochelle, the department capital (general information: Fouras is 410 kilometres from Paris).

Popular places to visit nearby include Chatelaillon-Plage at 10 km and Rochefort at 11 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Fouras, 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 Fouras in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

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


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

Map of places to visit near Fouras

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)

More information about Fouras, Poitou-Charentes

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

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

Fouras is in the west of France. 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

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