Poitiers tourism and travel guide

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Visit Poitiers: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: Poitiers is a nice town with lots of interesting sites, including the 12th century cathedral

Important note

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

Poitiers is situated in the Vienne department and Poitou-Charentes region (now part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region), in the west of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Vienne department (general information: Poitiers is 294 kilometres from Paris).

Attractions in Poitiers

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

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Nouaille-Maupertuis at 10 km and Chauvigny at 24 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Poitiers, 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 Poitiers 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 Vienne

Map of places to visit near Poitiers

Markets in and near Poitiers

Market days in Poitiers: weekly market: Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday all day & Friday;

  • Poitiers: market Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday all day & Friday (0km)
  • Jaunay-Clan: market Friday (12km)
  • Neuville-de-Poitou: market Thursday & Sunday (13km)
  • Vouille: market Saturday (14km)
  • Vivonne: market Saturday (18km)
  • Naintre: market Sunday (23km)
  • Mirebeau: market Wednesday & Saturday (25km)
  • Rouille: market Friday (28km)
  • Chatellerault: market Wednesday & Thursday all day & Saturday (31km)
  • Thenezay: market Sunday (31km)

More information about Poitiers, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions near Poitiers, France

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

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Sanxay (27km)
  • Oiron Chateau (51km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye de Nouaillé-Mauperthuis (Nouaille-Maupertuis) (10km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame (Lusignan) (23km)
  • Eglise de Saint Maurice (Saint-Maurice-la-Clouere) (24km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Chauvigny) (24km)
  • Eglise de Saint Gervais et Saint Protais (Civaux) (30km)
  • Eglise d'Usson de Poitou (Usson-du-Poitou) (37km)
  • Abbaye de Saint Savin sur Gartempe (Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe) (41km)
  • Eglise Abbatial de Saint Jouin (Saint-Jouin-de-Marnes) (44km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame (Montmorillon) (45km)
  • Eglise abbatiale de Saint Pierre (Airvault) (45km)
  • Abbaye de la Réau (Saint-Martin-l'Ars) (46km)
  • Eglise de Saint Généroux (Saint-Generoux) (49km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Laverré (15km)
  • Touffou (20km)
  • Jardin du château de La Mothe (27km)
  • La Guyonnière (43km)
  • Arboretum du chemin de la découverte (54km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Amusement park / theme park

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Vivonne (18km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Vallée des singes (monkeys) (38km)

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Poitiers

Canton: Poitiers

Arrondissement: Poitiers

Department: Vienne

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 86000

Distance to Poitiers

from Poitiers (prefecture): 0 km

from Paris: 294 km

from Calais: 498 km

from Nice: 631 km

from Bordeaux: 206 km

from Strasbourg: 599 km

Getting here

Poitiers is in the west of France. Most visitors arrive here by car - the ferry ports such as Caen, Saint Malo and Cherbourg are convenient at around 4-5 hours drive. For driving distances to Poitiers from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 6 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Biard, Buxerolles, Croutelle, Fontaine-le-Comte, Migne-Auxances and Vouneuil-sous-Biard.

This page in French: Visiter Poitiers