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Varennes tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Futuroscope at 16 km from Varennes

Visit Varennes: highlights and tourist information

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Futuroscope at 16 km and Moncontour, Vienne at 21 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Varennes, 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 Varennes in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

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

Futuroscope

Futuroscope

Theme Park at 16 km (direction east-south-east)

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

See Futuroscope guide
Moncontour, Vienne

Moncontour, Vienne

at 21 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Moncontour, Vienne guide
Poitiers

Poitiers

at 22 km (direction south-east)

Poitiers is a nice town with lots of interesting sites, including the...

See Poitiers guide
Chatellerault

Chatellerault

at 27 km (direction east)

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

See Chatellerault guide
 
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Nouaille-Maupertuis

Nouaille-Maupertuis

at 32 km (direction south-east)

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

See Nouaille-Maupertuis guide
Parthenay

Parthenay

at 36 km (direction west-south-west), in the Deux-Sevres department

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

See Parthenay guide
Thouars

Thouars

at 39 km (direction west-north-west), in the Deux-Sevres department

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

See Thouars guide
Chateau du Rivau

Chateau du Rivau

Castle at 40 km (direction north-north-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

One of the more modest castles in the region, both the Chateau...

See Chateau du Rivau guide
Chauvigny

Chauvigny

at 40 km (direction east-south-east)

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

See Chauvigny guide
Tavant

Tavant

at 43 km (direction north-north-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

Tavant is a small village but a visit to se the murals...

See Tavant guide
Chateau de Chinon

Chateau de Chinon

Castle at 46 km (direction north-north-east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

Château de Chinon retains more medieval elements than most Loire Valley castles...

See Chateau de Chinon guide
La Roche-Posay

La Roche-Posay

at 47 km (direction east)

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

See La Roche-Posay guide
Chinon

Chinon

at 48 km (direction east), in the Indre-et-Loire department

As well as the castle, Chinon has a very impressive medieval centre...

See Chinon guide
Fontevraud Abbey

Fontevraud Abbey

Abbey at 49 km (direction north-north-west), in the Maine-et-Loire department

The Fontevraud Abbey has a great deal to see: it is one...

See Fontevraud Abbey guide

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

Map of places to visit near Varennes

 
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Markets in and near Varennes

  • Mirebeau: market Wednesday & Saturday (3km)
  • Neuville-de-Poitou: market Thursday & Sunday (9km)
  • Vouille: market Saturday (13km)
  • Jaunay-Clan: market Friday (15km)
  • Thenezay: market Sunday (18km)
  • Naintre: market Sunday (21km)
  • Poitiers: market Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday all day & Friday (22km)
  • Airvault: market Saturday (26km)
  • Chatellerault: market Wednesday & Thursday all day & Saturday (27km)
  • Loudun: market Tuesday (29km)

Hotels near Varennes

More information about Varennes, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions near Varennes, France

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

Aquarium

  • Aquarium de Loudun (30km)

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Oiron Chateau (30km)
  • Sanxay (33km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Loudun (29km)
  • Chauvigny (40km)
  • Montreuil-Bellay (49km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise Abbatial de Saint Jouin (Saint-Jouin-de-Marnes) (23km)
  • Eglise abbatiale de Saint Pierre (Airvault) (27km)
  • Eglise de Saint Généroux (Saint-Generoux) (29km)
  • Abbaye de Nouaillé-Mauperthuis (Nouaille-Maupertuis) (32km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame (Lusignan) (36km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Chauvigny) (40km)
  • Eglise de Saint Maurice (Saint-Maurice-la-Clouere) (45km)
  • Eglise de Saint Gervais et Saint Protais (Civaux) (50km)

Remarkable gardens

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 (37km)
 
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Geography and distances

Varennes is in the west of France at 22 kilometres from Poitiers, the department capital (general information: Varennes is 283 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Varennes

Canton: Mirebeau

Arrondissement: Poitiers

Department: Vienne

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 86110

Distance to Varennes

from Poitiers (prefecture): 22 km

from Paris: 283 km

from Calais: 481 km

from Nice: 649 km

from Bordeaux: 222 km

from Strasbourg: 600 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 Varennes from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 8 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Amberre, Blaslay, Chabournay, Champigny-le-Sec, Chouppes, Le Rochereau, Mirebeau and Thurageau.

This page in French: Visiter Varennes

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