15 mins drive from Foussais
Fontenay-le-Comte is the nearest big town, around 15 mins drive from Foussais, with a population of around 15,000. Here you will find a blend of the historical, with the church and Chateau de Terre-Neuve, and the modern, with big supermarkets, “high-street” shops, cinemas etc. Fontenay will cater for most of your needs in terms of shopping, services and entertainment.
10 mins from Foussais
The beautiful Mervent forest is a great place to go for walks, enjoy watersports or just sit and watch the abundance of wildlife.
15 mins from Foussais
Vouvant, a picturesque walled village, is a lovely place to explore. There is an ancient stone tower on a hill and many small shops, cafés and restaurants. There are often resident artists who display their work in the streets.
40 mins from Foussais
Niort is a large town, with major shopping centres and a big undercover market. There is a chateau and some beautiful historic buildings and bridges. Niort is also the closest train station which is on the TGV network.
1hr 15 mins from Foussais
La Rochelle is a beautiful city, steeped in history. There is a huge harbour and the iconic “twin towers” are instantly recognisable. The Aquairium is a great place to visit, and there is a cinema that regularly shows english films in english! Shopping is great in La Rochelle, from the city-centre streets to the huge out-of-town complexes. The nearby Ile de Ré is also a must-visit. Flights are available from La Rochelle to many UK destinations, including London, Manchester and Birmingham. See the airport website for more details.
ihr 30 mins from Foussais
Nantes is the sixth-largest city in France and as such has all the facilities of a major city. Shops, entertainment, historical buildings… you’ll find everything you need in Nantes. There is a TGV train station here, and Nantes INternational Airport flies to dozens of destinations, including the UK. One highlight to look out for is the magnificent Machines d’Ile – ride in a mechanical elephant on the banks of the Loire.