Marans tourism and travel guide

Photo of Marans in Charente-Maritime

Visit Marans: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: Marans is a small town with a pretty section along the river in the town

Important note

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

Marans is situated in the Charente-Maritime department and Poitou-Charentes region (now part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region), in the west of France at 21 kilometres from La Rochelle, the department capital (general information: Marans is 378 kilometres from Paris).

Tourist classifications for Marans include "ville fleurie 4*".

Popular places to visit nearby include La Rochelle at 21 km and La Rochelle aquarium at 21 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

You can also

Marans, 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 Marans 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 Marans

Markets in and near Marans

Market days in Marans: weekly market: Tuesday;

  • Marans: market Tuesday (0km)
  • Courcon: market Wednesday (16km)
  • La Rochelle: market every day (21km)
  • Lucon: market Wednesday & Saturday (21km)
  • Aytre: market Friday (22km)
  • Fontenay-le-Comte: market Saturday all day (23km)
  • La Faute-sur-Mer: market Thursday & Sunday (25km)
  • Chatelaillon-Plage: market Tuesday & Friday & (27km)
  • Rivedoux Plage: market Monday and Friday (27km)
  • Surgeres: market Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (29km)

More information about Marans, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions near Marans, France

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


  • Aquarium de La Rochelle (21km)

Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Georges Clemenceau house (44km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (Maille) (16km)
  • Abbaye Saint Pierre et Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Maillezais) (21km)
  • Abbaye Royale (Nieul-sur-l'Autise) (27km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Eulalie (Benet) (30km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame (Vouvant) (34km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Pierre (Dampierre-sur-Boutonne) (52km)
  • Eglise de Saint Germain (Varaize) (61km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins du Bâtiment (27km)
  • Jardins de Chaligny (30km)
  • Jardins du phare de Chassiron (43km)
  • Jardins de la Boirie (47km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Baie de l'Aiguillon (13km)
  • Forêt de Benon (20km)

Towns of Art and history

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Natur'Zoo de Mervent (29km)

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Marans

Canton: Marans

Arrondissement: Rochelle

Department: Charente-Maritime

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 17230

Distance to Marans

from La Rochelle (prefecture): 21 km

from Paris: 378 km

from Calais: 557 km

from Nice: 711 km

from Bordeaux: 167 km

from Strasbourg: 704 km

Getting here

Marans 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 Marans from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have found no other towns and villages within

This page in French: Visiter Marans