Irais tourism and travel guide

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Visit Irais: highlights and tourist information

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Irais is situated in the Deux-Sevres department and Poitou-Charentes region (now part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region), in the western-centre of France at 68 kilometres from Niort, the department capital (general information: Irais is 285 kilometres from Paris).

Popular places to visit nearby include Moncontour, Vienne at 6 km and Thouars at 14 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Irais, 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 Irais 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 Deux-Sevres

Map of places to visit near Irais

Markets in and near Irais

  • Airvault: market Saturday (7km)
  • Thouars: market Tuesday & Friday all day (14km)
  • Thenezay: market Sunday (18km)
  • Loudun: market Tuesday (20km)
  • Mirebeau: market Wednesday & Saturday (23km)
  • Montreuil-Bellay: market Tuesday (28km)
  • Parthenay: market Wednesday all day (29km)
  • Argenton-Chateau: market Thursday (30km)
  • Bressuire: market Tuesday & Saturday (31km)
  • Vouille: market Saturday (33km)

More information about Irais, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions near Irais, France

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


  • Aquarium de Loudun (20km)

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Loudun (20km)
  • Montreuil-Bellay (28km)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Loire-Anjou-Touraine (42km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise Abbatial de Saint Jouin (Saint-Jouin-de-Marnes) (3km)
  • Eglise de Saint Généroux (Saint-Generoux) (3km)
  • Eglise abbatiale de Saint Pierre (Airvault) (7km)
  • Abbaye Notre Dame de Fontevraud (Fontevraud Abbey) (35km)
  • Collegiale Church (Candes-Saint-Martin) (39km)
  • Abbaye de Nouaillé-Mauperthuis (Nouaille-Maupertuis) (56km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin du château de La Mothe (25km)
  • La Guyonnière (35km)
  • Les jardins du château du Rivau (40km)
  • Les jardins de la Chatonnière (60km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Amusement park / theme park

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Doué-la-Fontaine (38km)

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Irais

Canton: Airvault

Arrondissement: Parthenay

Department: Deux-Sevres

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 79600

Distance to Irais

from Niort (prefecture): 68 km

from Paris: 285 km

from Calais: 474 km

from Nice: 675 km

from Bordeaux: 230 km

from Strasbourg: 616 km

Getting here

Irais is in the western-centre of France. Most visitors will come by car, as an excursion from the Loire Valley or approximately 4 hours from the channel port at Saint-Malo. For driving distances to Irais from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 7 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Availles-Thouarsais, Brie, Marnes, Moncontour, Saint-Generoux, Saint-Jouin-de-Marnes and Taize.

This page in French: Visiter Irais