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Saint-Gelais tourism and travel guide

Photo of Saint-Gelais in Deux-Sevres

Photo is of Chateau de Cherveux at 5 km from Saint-Gelais

Visit Saint-Gelais: highlights and tourist information

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Saint-Gelais is situated in the Deux-Sevres department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

Popular places to visit nearby include Chateau de Cherveux at 5 km and Niort at 8 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Saint-Gelais, 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 Saint-Gelais 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 5 km (direction north-east)

The Chateau de Cherveux, one of the best preserved 15th century castles...

See Chateau de Cherveux guide
Niort

Niort

at 8 km (direction south-west)

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

See Niort guide
Coulon

Coulon

Most Beautiful Village at 16 km (direction west-south-west)

Established since 2000 years agio, Coulon is now a centre for exploring...

See Coulon guide
Marais Poitevin

Marais Poitevin

at 19 km (direction west-south-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

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

See Marais Poitevin guide
 
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Nieul-sur-l'Autise

Nieul-sur-l'Autise

at 23 km (direction 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
Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire

Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire

Church at 25 km (direction east-south-east)

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

See Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire guide
Melle

Melle

at 26 km (direction east-south-east)

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

See Melle guide
Maillezais abbey

Maillezais abbey

Abbey at 27 km (direction west), in the Vendee department

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

See Maillezais abbey guide
Parthenay

Parthenay

at 31 km (direction north-north-east)

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

See Parthenay guide
Fontenay-le-Comte

Fontenay-le-Comte

at 34 km (direction west-north-west), in the Vendee department

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

See Fontenay-le-Comte guide
Vouvant

Vouvant

Most Beautiful Village at 36 km (direction west-north-west), in the Vendee department

The pleasant village of Vouvant still retains part of a medieval castle...

See Vouvant guide
Surgeres

Surgeres

at 42 km (direction south-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

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

See Surgeres guide
Marans

Marans

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

Marans is a small town with a pretty section along the river...

See Marans guide
Saint-Jean d'Angely

Saint-Jean d'Angely

at 49 km (direction south-south-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

The historic centre of Saint-Jean d'Angely has several notable monuments including the...

See Saint-Jean d'Angely guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Deux-Sevres

Map of places to visit near Saint-Gelais

 
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Markets in and near Saint-Gelais

  • La Creche: market Sunday (7km)
  • Niort: market Thursday all day & Saturday all day (9km)
  • Saint-Maixent-l'Ecole: market Saturday (14km)
  • Benet: market Monday (16km)
  • Coulonges-sur-l'Autize: market Tuesday (20km)
  • La Mothe-Saint-Heray: market Thursday (21km)
  • Melle: market Friday (26km)
  • Brioux-sur-Boutonne: market Thursday (30km)
  • Parthenay: market Wednesday all day (31km)
  • Lezay: market Tuesday (32km)

Hotels near Saint-Gelais

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Tourist attractions near Saint-Gelais, France

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

Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Sanxay (32km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Saint-Eulalie (Benet) (17km)
  • Abbaye Royale (Nieul-sur-l'Autise) (23km)
  • Abbaye Saint Pierre et Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Maillezais) (27km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (Maille) (31km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Pierre (Dampierre-sur-Boutonne) (35km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame (Vouvant) (36km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame (Lusignan) (40km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Brice (Saint-Mande-sur-Bredoire) (40km)

Remarkable gardens

  • La Guyonnière (25km)
  • Arboretum du chemin de la découverte (26km)
  • Jardin du château de La Mothe (43km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Baie de l'Aiguillon (35km)
  • Forêt de Benon (36km)

Towns of Art and history

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Zoodyssée (26km)
  • Natur'Zoo de Mervent (31km)
 
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Geography and distances

Saint-Gelais is in the western-centre of France at 8 kilometres from Niort, the department capital (general information: Saint-Gelais is 343 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Saint-Gelais

Canton: Niort-Nord

Arrondissement: Niort

Department: Deux-Sevres

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 79410

Distance to Saint-Gelais

from Niort (prefecture): 8 km

from Paris: 343 km

from Calais: 534 km

from Nice: 671 km

from Bordeaux: 172 km

from Strasbourg: 658 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 Saint-Gelais from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 4 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Chauray, Cherveux, Echire and Francois.

This page in French: Visiter Saint-Gelais

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