Fouras tourism and travel guide

Photo of Fouras in Charente-Maritime

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

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


  • Aquarium de La Rochelle (19km)

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