Marans tourism and travel guide

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

Marans 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 Marans. For detailed visitor information see the Marans travel guide.

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

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Marans in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Popular places to visit nearby include La Rochelle towers at 21 km and La Rochelle at 21 km.

Marans, France: places to visit and attractions

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

Maillezais abbey

Maillezais abbey

Abbey at 21 km (direction east-north-east), in the Vendee department

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

See Maillezais abbey guide
La Rochelle towers

La Rochelle towers

at 21 km (direction south-west)

These three fortress towers protect the entrance to the harbour in La Rochelle...

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La Rochelle

La Rochelle

at 21 km (direction south-west)

The historic town and monuments and the vibrant harbour area make La Rochelle one...

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La Rochelle aquarium

La Rochelle aquarium

at 21 km (direction south-west)

The aquarium in La Rochelle features various parts, including a shark tank and many...

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La Rochelle harbour

La Rochelle harbour

at 21 km (direction south-west)

The harbour area in La Rochelle is the liveliest part of the town, with...

See La Rochelle harbour guide
La Rochelle Natural History Museum

La Rochelle Natural History Museum

Museum at 21 km (direction south-west)

The Natural History Museum in La Rochelle contains an eclectic mix of items collected...

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Luçon cathedral

Luçon cathedral

Cathedral at 21 km (direction north-west), in the Vendee department

Luçon cathedral is a small cathedral with element in the roman, gothic, classical and...

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at 21 km (direction north-west), in the Vendee department

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

See Lucon guide


at 23 km (direction north-east), in the Vendee department

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

See Fontenay-le-Comte guide
La Faute-sur-Mer

La Faute-sur-Mer

Seaside resort at 25 km (direction west), in the Vendee department

Here at La Faute-sur-Mer you can explore the nature reserve and peninsula - or...

See La Faute-sur-Mer guide


Seaside resort at 27 km (direction south-south-west)

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

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at 27 km (direction east-north-east), in the Vendee department

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

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La Flotte-en-Re

La Flotte-en-Re

Most Beautiful Village at 29 km (direction west-south-west)

The village of La Flotte-en-Ré is a pretty village on the Ile-de-Ré...

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at 30 km (direction south-east)

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

See Surgeres guide

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

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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

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


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

Marans is in the west of France at 21 kilometres from La Rochelle, the department capital (general information: Marans is 378 kilometres from Paris).

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

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.

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This page in French: Visiter Marans