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Rochefort tourism and travel guide

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Visit Rochefort: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: Rochefort is an attractive 18th century town with a famous corderie, where ropes and ships were made

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

Tourist classifications for Rochefort include "town of art and history".

Popular places to visit nearby include Brouage at 13 km and Chatelaillon-Plage at 18 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Rochefort, 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 Rochefort in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

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



Seaside resort at 11 km (direction west-north-west)

While the beaches are the main highlight here in Fouras, be...

See Fouras guide


at 13 km (direction south-west)

The town of Brouage is visited for the substantial...

See Brouage guide


Seaside resort at 18 km (direction north-west)

The seaside resort of Chatelaillon-Plage has a long sandy...

See Chatelaillon-Plage guide


Island at 18 km (direction west-north-west)

Ile d'Aix is a small island, explored on foot or by...

See Ile-d'Aix guide


Seaside resort at 22 km (direction south-west)

Ronce-les-Bains is a long established resort with several beaches nearby,...

See Ronce-les-Bains guide
La Tremblade

La Tremblade

Seaside resort at 23 km (direction south-west)

Visit the beach and port at La Tremblade, and...

See La Tremblade guide


at 23 km (direction east)

In an attractive setting on the banks of the Charente...

See Saint-Savinien guide


at 25 km (direction north-east)

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

See Surgeres guide


Most Beautiful Village at 26 km (direction south-south-west)

Not far from Royan the centre of Mornac-sur-Seudre is attractive and...

See Mornac-sur-Seudre guide
La Palmyre

La Palmyre

at 28 km (direction south-west)

You will find a beach at La Palmyre but it is...

See La Palmyre guide
La Rochelle

La Rochelle

at 28 km (direction north-west)

The historic town and monuments and the vibrant harbour area make...

See La Rochelle guide
La Rochelle aquarium

La Rochelle aquarium

at 28 km (direction north-west)

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

See La Rochelle aquarium guide
La Rochelle harbour

La Rochelle harbour

at 28 km (direction north-west)

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

See La Rochelle harbour guide
La Rochelle Natural History Museum

La Rochelle Natural History Museum

Museum at 28 km (direction north-west)

The Natural History Museum in La Rochelle contains an...

See La Rochelle Natural History Museum guide

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

Map of places to visit near Rochefort


Markets in and near Rochefort

Market days in Rochefort: weekly market: Tuesday and Thurday;

  • Rochefort: market Tuesday and Thurday (0km)
  • Echillais: market Wednesday (5km)
  • Fouras: market Tuesday & Friday (10km)
  • Bourcefranc-le-Chapus: market Wednesday - seasonal market only (17km)
  • Bourcefranc-le-Chapus: market Sunday (17km)
  • Chatelaillon-Plage: market Tuesday & Friday & (18km)
  • Le Chateau-d'Oleron: market every day - seasonal market only (20km)
  • La Tremblade: market every day except Tuesday (23km)
  • Dolus-d'Oleron: market every day except Wednesday & Thursday - seasonal market only (23km)
  • Arvert: market Wednesday & Saturday (25km)

More information about Rochefort, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions near Rochefort, France

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


Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Saint-Savinien (Fenioux) (29km)
  • Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes (Saintes) (34km)
  • Eglise de Saint Germain (Varaize) (42km)
  • Abbaye de Fontdouce (Saint-Bris-des-Bois) (44km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Pierre (Dampierre-sur-Boutonne) (45km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (Maille) (47km)

Remarkable gardens

  • La Roche Courbon (19km)
  • Jardins de la Boirie (26km)
  • Jardins du phare de Chassiron (33km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Hiers-Brouage (13km)
  • Forêt de Saint-Trojan (24km)
  • Forêt domaniale de la Coubre (28km)
  • Forêt de Benon (33km)
  • Pointe de la Coubre (34km)
  • Pointe de Suzac (37km)
  • Forêt de Suzac (40km)
  • Baie de l'Aiguillon (41km)
  • Forêt de Pons (52km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Zoo de la Palmyre (32km)
  • Zoodyssée (50km)

Geography and distances

Rochefort is in the west of France at 28 kilometres from La Rochelle, the department capital (general information: Rochefort is 409 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Rochefort

Canton: Rochefort

Arrondissement: Rochefort

Department: Charente-Maritime

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 17300

Distance to Rochefort

from La Rochelle (prefecture): 28 km

from Paris: 409 km

from Calais: 595 km

from Nice: 695 km

from Bordeaux: 126 km

from Strasbourg: 720 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 Rochefort from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 8 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Breuil-Magne, Echillais, Loire-les-Marais, Moeze, Saint-Laurent-de-la-Pree, Soubise, Tonnay-Charente and Vergeroux.

This page in French: Visiter Rochefort

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