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Foussais-Payre tourism and travel guide

Photo of Foussais-Payre in Vendee

Photo is of Vouvant at 8 km from Foussais-Payre

Visit Foussais-Payre: highlights and tourist information

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Foussais-Payre is situated in the Vendee department and Pays de la Loire region.

Popular places to visit nearby include Vouvant at 8 km and Nieul-sur-l'Autise at 12 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Foussais-Payre, 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 Foussais-Payre in Pays de la Loire.

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



Most Beautiful Village at 8 km (direction west-north-west)

The pleasant village of Vouvant still retains part of...

See Vouvant guide


at 12 km (direction south)

Highlights in Nieul-sur-l'Autise include the Abbey of Saint-Vincent and a traditional...

See Nieul-sur-l'Autise guide


at 12 km (direction west-south-west)

With some interesting 18th century townhouses to see, Fontenay-le-Comte...

See Fontenay-le-Comte guide
Maillezais abbey

Maillezais abbey

Abbey at 18 km (direction south-south-west)

The ruins of the Maillezais abbey are on the edge...

See Maillezais abbey guide


Most Beautiful Village at 24 km (direction south-south-east), in the Deux-Sevres department

Established since 2000 years agio, Coulon is now a centre for...

See Coulon guide
Marais Poitevin

Marais Poitevin

at 26 km (direction south-south-east), in the Charente-Maritime department

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

See Marais Poitevin guide
Chateau de Cherveux

Chateau de Cherveux

Castle at 28 km (direction east-south-east), in the Deux-Sevres department

The Chateau de Cherveux, one of the best preserved 15th...

See Chateau de Cherveux guide


at 28 km (direction south-east), in the Deux-Sevres department

A typical local town rather than a tourist town, Niort does...

See Niort guide


at 34 km (direction south-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

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

See Marans guide


at 36 km (direction east-north-east), in the Deux-Sevres department

Parthenay is a quiet town, with historic monuments that...

See Parthenay guide


at 38 km (direction west)

Lucon is a quiet Vendee town, usually visited for its imposing...

See Lucon guide
Luçon cathedral

Luçon cathedral

Cathedral at 38 km (direction west)

Luçon cathedral is a small cathedral with element in the...

See Luçon cathedral guide


at 48 km (direction south), in the Charente-Maritime department

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

See Surgeres guide
Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire

Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire

Church at 53 km (direction east-south-east), in the Deux-Sevres department

The church of Saint-Hilare in Melle is a very impressive...

See Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Vendee

Map of places to visit near Foussais-Payre


Markets in and near Foussais-Payre

  • Coulonges-sur-l'Autize: market Tuesday (9km)
  • Fontenay-le-Comte: market Saturday all day (12km)
  • Benet: market Monday (19km)
  • Niort: market Thursday all day & Saturday all day (29km)
  • Courcon: market Wednesday (33km)
  • Marans: market Tuesday (34km)
  • La Creche: market Sunday (35km)
  • Parthenay: market Wednesday all day (36km)
  • Bressuire: market Tuesday & Saturday (37km)
  • Lucon: market Wednesday & Saturday (38km)

More information about Foussais-Payre, Pays de la Loire

Tourist attractions near Foussais-Payre, France

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


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 (Vouvant) (8km)
  • Abbaye Royale (Nieul-sur-l'Autise) (12km)
  • Abbaye Saint Pierre et Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Maillezais) (18km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Eulalie (Benet) (19km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (Maille) (22km)
  • Eglise abbatiale de Saint Pierre (Airvault) (53km)
  • Eglise de Saint Généroux (Saint-Generoux) (57km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins du Bâtiment (25km)
  • La Guyonnière (35km)
  • Jardins de Chaligny (35km)
  • Arboretum du chemin de la découverte (54km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Baie de l'Aiguillon (28km)
  • Forêt de Benon (37km)

Amusement park / theme park

  • Puy de Fou (45km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Natur'Zoo de Mervent (5km)
  • Fauconnerie du Puy du Fou (falconry) (44km)
  • Zoodyssée (48km)

Geography and distances

Foussais-Payre is in the west of France at 58 kilometres from La Roche-sur-Yon, the department capital (general information: Foussais-Payre is 344 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Foussais-Payre

Canton: Saint-Hilaire-des-Loges

Arrondissement: Fontenay-le-Comte

Department: Vendee

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 85240

Distance to Foussais-Payre

from La Roche-sur-Yon (prefecture): 58 km

from Paris: 344 km

from Calais: 525 km

from Nice: 698 km

from Bordeaux: 188 km

from Strasbourg: 672 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 Foussais-Payre from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 6 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Faymoreau, Marillet, Mervent, Puy-de-Serre, Saint-Maixent-de-Beugne and Saint-Michel-le-Cloucq.

This page in French: Visiter Foussais-Payre

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