Rochefort tourism and travel guide

Photo of Rochefort in Charente-Maritime

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

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.

Rochefort is situated in the Charente-Maritime department and Poitou-Charentes region (now part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region), in the west of France at 28 kilometres from La Rochelle, the department capital (general information: Rochefort is 409 kilometres from Paris).

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 places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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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!


... 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

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


  • Aquarium de La Rochelle (28km)

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

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

Rochefort is in the west of France. 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