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Marais Poitevin tourism and travel guide

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Visit Marais Poitevin: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: The Marais-Poitevin is a region of canals and marshes, an unusual environment best explored by boat

Marais Poitevin is situated in the Charente-Maritime department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Marais Poitevin. For detailed visitor information see the Marais Poitevin travel guide.

Popular places to visit nearby include Niort at 11 km and Maillezais abbey at 13 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Marais Poitevin, 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 Marais Poitevin in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

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



Most Beautiful Village at 3 km (direction north-north-east), in the Deux-Sevres department

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

See Coulon guide


at 11 km (direction east), in the Deux-Sevres department

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

See Niort guide
Maillezais abbey

Maillezais abbey

Abbey at 13 km (direction west-north-west), in the Vendee department

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

See Maillezais abbey guide


at 15 km (direction north-north-west), in the Vendee department

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

See Nieul-sur-l'Autise guide
Chateau de Cherveux

Chateau de Cherveux

Castle at 23 km (direction east-north-east), in the Deux-Sevres department

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

See Chateau de Cherveux guide


at 24 km (direction north-west), in the Vendee department

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

See Fontenay-le-Comte guide


at 25 km (direction south-west)

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

See Surgeres guide


at 30 km (direction west)

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

See Marans guide


Most Beautiful Village at 33 km (direction north-north-west), in the Vendee department

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

See Vouvant guide
Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire

Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire

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

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

See Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire guide


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

The town of Melle is best known for its three roman...

See Melle guide
Saint-Jean d'Angely

Saint-Jean d'Angely

at 40 km (direction south-south-east)

The historic centre of Saint-Jean d'Angely has several notable monuments including...

See Saint-Jean d'Angely guide


Seaside resort at 45 km (direction west-south-west)

The seaside resort of Chatelaillon-Plage has a long sandy beach and...

See Chatelaillon-Plage guide
La Rochelle

La Rochelle

at 45 km (direction west-south-west)

The historic town and monuments and the vibrant harbour area...

See La Rochelle guide

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

Map of places to visit near Marais Poitevin


Markets in and near Marais Poitevin

  • Benet: market Monday (7km)
  • Niort: market Thursday all day & Saturday all day (11km)
  • Courcon: market Wednesday (17km)
  • Coulonges-sur-l'Autize: market Tuesday (20km)
  • Fontenay-le-Comte: market Saturday all day (24km)
  • La Creche: market Sunday (24km)
  • Surgeres: market Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (24km)
  • Marans: market Tuesday (30km)
  • Saint-Maixent-l'Ecole: market Saturday (32km)
  • Brioux-sur-Boutonne: market Thursday (34km)

Hotels near Marais Poitevin

More information about Marais Poitevin, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions near Marais Poitevin, France

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


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 Saint-Eulalie (Benet) (7km)
  • Abbaye Saint Pierre et Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Maillezais) (13km)
  • Abbaye Royale (Nieul-sur-l'Autise) (15km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (Maille) (15km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Pierre (Dampierre-sur-Boutonne) (30km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame (Vouvant) (33km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Brice (Saint-Mande-sur-Bredoire) (38km)
  • Eglise de Saint Germain (Varaize) (44km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Arboretum du chemin de la découverte (36km)
  • La Guyonnière (42km)
  • Jardins du Bâtiment (42km)
  • Jardins de Chaligny (50km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Forêt de Benon (17km)
  • Baie de l'Aiguillon (18km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Zoodyssée (24km)
  • Natur'Zoo de Mervent (26km)

Geography and distances

Marais Poitevin is in the west of France at 45 kilometres from La Rochelle, the department capital (general information: Marais Poitevin is 360 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Marais Poitevin

Canton: na

Arrondissement: na

Department: Charente-Maritime

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: na

Distance to Marais Poitevin

from La Rochelle (prefecture): 45 km

from Paris: 360 km

from Calais: 547 km

from Nice: 682 km

from Bordeaux: 163 km

from Strasbourg: 677 km

Getting here

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 Marais Poitevin from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 7 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Amure, Coulon, Frontenay-Rohan-Rohan, Le Mazeau, Magne, Saint-Georges-de-Rex and Sansais.

This page in French: Visiter Marais Poitevin

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