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Melle tourism and travel guide

Photo of Melle in Deux-Sevres

Visit Melle: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: The town of Melle is best known for its three roman style churches, built in the 12th century

Melle is situated in the Deux-Sevres department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

Important note

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

Attractions in Melle

The church of Saint-Hilare in Melle is a very impressive example of 12th century architecture: Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire

Popular places to visit nearby include Niort at 27 km and Chateau de Cherveux at 27 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Melle, 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 Melle in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

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

Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire

Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire

Church less than one km (direction north-north-west)

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

See Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire guide
Niort

Niort

at 27 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Niort guide
Chateau de Cherveux

Chateau de Cherveux

Castle at 27 km (direction north-west)

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

See Chateau de Cherveux guide
Ruffec

Ruffec

at 34 km (direction east-south-east), in the Charente department

The highlight in the quiet town of Ruffec is the facade of...

See Ruffec guide
 
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Coulon

Coulon

Most Beautiful Village at 36 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Coulon guide
Tusson

Tusson

at 36 km (direction south-east), in the Charente department

Tusson is a very typical town of the Charente...

See Tusson guide
Marais Poitevin

Marais Poitevin

at 36 km (direction west), in the Charente-Maritime department

The Marais-Poitevin is a region of canals and marshes, an unusual environment...

See Marais Poitevin guide
Verteuil-sur-Charente

Verteuil-sur-Charente

at 39 km (direction east-south-east), in the Charente department

At Verteuil-sur-Charente you will enjoy a stroll along the banks of the...

See Verteuil-sur-Charente guide
Saint-Jean d'Angely

Saint-Jean d'Angely

at 43 km (direction south-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

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

See Saint-Jean d'Angely guide
Nanteuil-en-Vallee

Nanteuil-en-Vallee

at 44 km (direction east-south-east), in the Charente department

Here at Nanteuil-en-Vallee it is the Nanteuil Abbey and...

See Nanteuil-en-Vallee guide
Bayers

Bayers

at 44 km (direction south-east), in the Charente department

The Chateau de Bayers is the principal monument here, and thers are...

See Bayers guide
Nieul-sur-l'Autise

Nieul-sur-l'Autise

at 47 km (direction west-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
Parthenay

Parthenay

at 48 km (direction north-north-west)

Parthenay is a quiet town, with historic monuments that hint at...

See Parthenay guide
Maillezais abbey

Maillezais abbey

Abbey at 49 km (direction west-north-west), in the Vendee department

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

See Maillezais abbey guide

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Map of places to visit near Melle

 
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Markets in and near Melle

Market days in Melle: weekly market: Friday;

  • Melle: market Friday (0km)
  • Brioux-sur-Boutonne: market Thursday (11km)
  • Lezay: market Tuesday (11km)
  • Chef-Boutonne: market Saturday (14km)
  • La Mothe-Saint-Heray: market Thursday (16km)
  • La Creche: market Sunday (20km)
  • Sauze-Vaussais: market Thursday (21km)
  • Saint-Maixent-l'Ecole: market Saturday (22km)
  • Chaunay: market Monday (24km)
  • Rouille: market Friday (26km)

More information about Melle, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions near Melle, France

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

Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Sanxay (32km)
  • Abbey Saint-Sauveur de Charroux (43km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Saint-Brice (Saint-Mande-sur-Bredoire) (25km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Pierre (Dampierre-sur-Boutonne) (27km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame (Lusignan) (31km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Saint-Pierre-d'Exideuil) (33km)
  • Eglise de Saint André (Ruffec) (34km)
  • Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Civray) (35km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Eulalie (Benet) (39km)
  • Eglise de Genouillé (Genouille) (39km)
  • Eglise de Saint Vivien (Bagnizeau) (39km)
  • Eglise de Saint Germain (Varaize) (40km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre et eglise de Saint Hérie (Matha) (42km)
  • Abbaye Bénédictine (Charroux) (43km)
  • Eglise de Saint Maurice (Saint-Maurice-la-Clouere) (46km)
  • Abbaye Royale (Nieul-sur-l'Autise) (47km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Chatain) (47km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Savinien (Fenioux) (51km)
  • Abbaye de Nouaillé-Mauperthuis (Nouaille-Maupertuis) (53km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Arboretum du chemin de la découverte (0km)
  • Jardin monastique médiéval (36km)
  • Parc et jardin de l’Abrègement (39km)
  • La Guyonnière (40km)
  • Laverré (44km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Vivonne (38km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Zoodyssée (21km)
  • Vallée des singes (monkeys) (33km)
 
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Geography and distances

Melle is in the western-centre of France at 27 kilometres from Niort, the department capital (general information: Melle is 347 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Melle

Canton: Melle

Arrondissement: Niort

Department: Deux-Sevres

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 79500

Distance to Melle

from Niort (prefecture): 27 km

from Paris: 347 km

from Calais: 546 km

from Nice: 647 km

from Bordeaux: 158 km

from Strasbourg: 649 km

Getting here

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

We have 9 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Celles-sur-Belle, Chail, Mazieres-sur-Beronne, Paizay-le-Tort, Pouffonds, Saint-Genard, Saint-Leger-de-la-Martiniere, Saint-Martin-les-Melle and Saint-Romans-les-Melle.

This page in French: Visiter Melle

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