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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

Poitiers is situated in the Vienne department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

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.

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!

Futuroscope

Futuroscope

Theme Park at 10 km (direction north-north-east)

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

See Futuroscope guide
Nouaille-Maupertuis

Nouaille-Maupertuis

at 10 km (direction south-east)

Visit Nouaille-Maupertuis to see the substantial Abbey of Saint Junien...

See Nouaille-Maupertuis guide
Chauvigny

Chauvigny

at 24 km (direction east)

We especially enjoyed exploring the castles along the hilltop when visiting Chauvigny...

See Chauvigny guide
Chatellerault

Chatellerault

at 31 km (direction north-east)

The quiet regional town of Chatellerault has some notable 18th century townhouses...

See Chatellerault guide
 
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Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe

Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe

Heritage Site at 41 km (direction east)

The highlight here is of course the Abbey of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, certainly the...

See Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe guide
Moncontour, Vienne

Moncontour, Vienne

at 42 km (direction north-west)

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

See Moncontour, Vienne guide
La Roche-Posay

La Roche-Posay

at 43 km (direction east-north-east)

The castle donjon and the medieval gateway are the main historical monuments...

See La Roche-Posay guide
Angles-sur-l'Anglin

Angles-sur-l'Anglin

Most Beautiful Village at 44 km (direction east-north-east)

The pretty village of Angles sur l'Anglin and the river setting make...

See Angles-sur-l'Anglin guide
Parthenay

Parthenay

at 45 km (direction west), in the Deux-Sevres department

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

See Parthenay guide
Montmorillon

Montmorillon

at 45 km (direction east-south-east)

Although it is quite a small town, there is a lot to...

See Montmorillon guide
Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire

Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire

Church at 54 km (direction south-west), in the Deux-Sevres department

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

See Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire guide
Melle

Melle

at 54 km (direction south-west), in the Deux-Sevres department

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

See Melle guide
Thouars

Thouars

at 60 km (direction north-west), in the Deux-Sevres department

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

See Thouars guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Vienne

Map of places to visit near Poitiers

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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

What to do at Poitiers? 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)
 
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Geography and distances

Poitiers is in the west of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Vienne department (general information: Poitiers is 294 kilometres from Paris).

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

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

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