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Parthenay tourism and travel guide

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Visit Parthenay: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: Parthenay is a quiet town, with historic monuments that hint at its importance iver the centuries

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

Tourist classifications for Parthenay include "town of art and history" and "secteur sauvegarde".

Popular places to visit nearby include Moncontour, Vienne at 32 km and Thouars at 37 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Parthenay, 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 Parthenay in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

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

Chateau de Cherveux

Chateau de Cherveux

Castle at 27 km (direction south-south-west)

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

See Chateau de Cherveux guide
Moncontour, Vienne

Moncontour, Vienne

at 32 km (direction north-east), in the Vienne department

As well as the castle in Moncontour, you will also enjoy the...

See Moncontour, Vienne guide
Thouars

Thouars

at 37 km (direction north-east)

Best known for its 17th century castle, in Thouars you...

See Thouars guide
Niort

Niort

at 39 km (direction south-south-west)

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

See Niort guide
 
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Vouvant

Vouvant

Most Beautiful Village at 41 km (direction west), in the Vendee department

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

See Vouvant guide
Nieul-sur-l'Autise

Nieul-sur-l'Autise

at 41 km (direction west-south-west), in the Vendee department

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

See Nieul-sur-l'Autise guide
Coulon

Coulon

Most Beautiful Village at 44 km (direction south-west)

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

See Coulon guide
Poitiers

Poitiers

at 45 km (direction east), in the Vienne department

Poitiers is a nice town with lots of interesting sites, including...

See Poitiers guide
Marais Poitevin

Marais Poitevin

at 47 km (direction south-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

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

See Marais Poitevin guide
Fontenay-le-Comte

Fontenay-le-Comte

at 47 km (direction west-south-west), in the Vendee department

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

See Fontenay-le-Comte guide
Futuroscope

Futuroscope

Theme Park at 47 km (direction east), in the Vienne department

Futuroscope is one of the most popular attractions in France!...

See Futuroscope guide
Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire

Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire

Church at 47 km (direction south-south-east)

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

See Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire guide
Melle

Melle

at 48 km (direction south-south-east)

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

See Melle guide
Maillezais abbey

Maillezais abbey

Abbey at 48 km (direction west-south-west), in the Vendee department

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

See Maillezais abbey guide

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Map of places to visit near Parthenay

 
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Markets in and near Parthenay

Market days in Parthenay: weekly market: Wednesday all day;

  • Parthenay: market Wednesday all day (0km)
  • Thenezay: market Sunday (19km)
  • Airvault: market Saturday (22km)
  • Saint-Maixent-l'Ecole: market Saturday (26km)
  • Bressuire: market Tuesday & Saturday (29km)
  • La Creche: market Sunday (31km)
  • Vouille: market Saturday (32km)
  • Coulonges-sur-l'Autize: market Tuesday (32km)
  • La Mothe-Saint-Heray: market Thursday (33km)
  • Rouille: market Friday (34km)

More information about Parthenay, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions near Parthenay, France

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

Aquarium

  • Aquarium de Loudun (48km)

Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Sanxay (25km)
  • Oiron Chateau (36km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise abbatiale de Saint Pierre (Airvault) (22km)
  • Eglise de Saint Généroux (Saint-Generoux) (28km)
  • Eglise Abbatial de Saint Jouin (Saint-Jouin-de-Marnes) (30km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame (Lusignan) (37km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame (Vouvant) (41km)
  • Abbaye Royale (Nieul-sur-l'Autise) (41km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Eulalie (Benet) (42km)
  • Abbaye Saint Pierre et Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Maillezais) (48km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (Maille) (53km)

Remarkable gardens

  • La Guyonnière (8km)
  • Jardin du château de La Mothe (19km)
  • Laverré (50km)
  • Parc oriental de Maulévrier (55km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Baie de l'Aiguillon (59km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Vivonne (46km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Natur'Zoo de Mervent (41km)
  • Vallée des singes (monkeys) (61km)
 
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Geography and distances

Parthenay is in the western-centre of France at 39 kilometres from Niort, the department capital (general information: Parthenay is 313 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Parthenay

Canton: Parthenay

Arrondissement: Parthenay

Department: Deux-Sevres

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 79200

Distance to Parthenay

from Niort (prefecture): 39 km

from Paris: 313 km

from Calais: 503 km

from Nice: 674 km

from Bordeaux: 203 km

from Strasbourg: 637 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 Parthenay from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 6 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Adilly, Chatillon-sur-Thouet, La Chapelle-Bertrand, Le Tallud, Pompaire and Viennay.

This page in French: Visiter Parthenay

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