Les Essards tourism and travel guide

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Visit Les Essards: highlights and tourist information

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Les Essards is situated in the Charente-Maritime department and Poitou-Charentes region (now part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region), in the west of France at 51 kilometres from La Rochelle, the department capital (general information: Les Essards is 413 kilometres from Paris).

Popular places to visit nearby include Saintes at 11 km and Saint-Savinien at 12 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Les Essards, 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 Les Essards 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 Les Essards

Markets in and near Les Essards

  • Saujon: market every day except Monday and Friday (19km)
  • Echillais: market Wednesday (19km)
  • Rochefort: market Tuesday and Thurday (23km)
  • Cozes: market Wednesday (24km)
  • Breuillet: market Thursday & Sunday (25km)
  • Saint Georges de Didonne: market all days exc. Thursday - seasonal market only (27km)
  • Saint Georges de Didonne: market Sunday and Monday (27km)
  • Royan: market every day except Monday (28km)
  • Pons: market Wednesday and Saturday (29km)
  • Arvert: market Wednesday & Saturday (29km)

More information about Les Essards, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions near Les Essards, France

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


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

  • Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes (Saintes) (12km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Savinien (Fenioux) (17km)
  • Abbaye de Fontdouce (Saint-Bris-des-Bois) (23km)
  • Eglise de Saint Germain (Varaize) (30km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Germain (Gimeux) (35km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre et eglise de Saint Hérie (Matha) (35km)
  • Eglise de Saint Vivien (Bagnizeau) (36km)
  • Abbaye Notre Dame de l'Assomption de Châtre (Saint-Brice) (40km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Pierre (Dampierre-sur-Boutonne) (41km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Gensac-la-Pallue) (42km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Brice (Saint-Mande-sur-Bredoire) (44km)

Remarkable gardens

  • La Roche Courbon (4km)
  • Parcs et jardins du château de Beaulon (40km)
  • Jardins de la Boirie (46km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Hiers-Brouage (25km)
  • Pointe de Suzac (28km)
  • Forêt de Pons (28km)
  • Forêt de Suzac (29km)
  • Château de Richemont (Charente) (32km)
  • Forêt domaniale de la Coubre (35km)
  • Pointe de Grave (37km)
  • Forêt de Saint-Trojan (37km)
  • Forêt de la Lande (37km)
  • Pointe de la Coubre (38km)

Towns of Art and history

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Zoo de la Palmyre (34km)
  • Zoodyssée (48km)

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Les Essards

Canton: Saint-Porchaire

Arrondissement: Saintes

Department: Charente-Maritime

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 17250

Distance to Les Essards

from La Rochelle (prefecture): 51 km

from Paris: 413 km

from Calais: 605 km

from Nice: 675 km

from Bordeaux: 107 km

from Strasbourg: 713 km

Getting here

Les Essards 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 Les Essards from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 7 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Balanzac, Corme-Royal, Plassay, Port-d'Envaux, Saint-Georges-Des-Coteaux, Saint-Porchaire and Soulignonne.

This page in French: Visiter Les Essards