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Benon

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Charente-Maritime

Commune of Charente-Maritime, in the region of New Aquitaine, Benon takes place in the Regional Natural Park of Marais Poitevin, about thirty kilometers from the touristy city of La Rochelle.

Small town in the countryside, the town of Benon enjoys an idyllic and preserved only a few kilometers from the most beautiful cities in the region. It has an architectural heritage reflecting a rich and fascinating history, as well as a wide range of outdoor activities thanks to a preserved and authentic nature.

Hiking and historical discoveries are the program of this city that will seduce as much lovers of sports holidays as lovers of old stones and legends of all kinds thanks to its ancestral traditions still firmly rooted in the region.

Geographical information

MunicipalityBenon
Postcode17170
Latitude46.1999992 (N 46° 11’ 60”)
Longitude-0.8166654 (W 0° 48’ 60”)
AltitudeFrom 7m to 56m
Surface area46.62 km²
Population1588 inhabitants
Density34 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLa Rochelle (19.4 mi, 29 min)
Insee code17041
IntercommunalityCC Aunis Atlantique
DepartmentCharente-Maritime
TerritoryCharentes
RegionNew-Aquitaine

Nearest cities & towns

Ferrières3.5 mi (10 min)
Le Gué-d'Alleré3.8 mi (7 min)
Bouhet3.8 mi (7 min)
Courçon3.8 mi (8 min)
La Laigne5 mi (10 min)
Saint-Cyr-du-Doret5.3 mi (12 min)
La Grève-sur-Mignon5.6 mi (13 min)
Chambon5.8 mi (10 min)
Saint-Sauveur-d'Aunis6.3 mi (12 min)
Vouhé6.6 mi (9 min)
Anais6.7 mi (14 min)
Puyravault6.8 mi (11 min)
Virson7.2 mi (14 min)
Cramchaban7.2 mi (15 min)

Things to see and do

Founded in the first half of the twelfth century, the Cistercian Abbey of Grace-Dieu was burned during the Hundred Years War in the fourteenth century. Rebuilt and destroyed again at the end of the 16th century by the Huguenots, it was reborn from the ashes in the early 18th century. Of this impressive building, there remains today only the abbey dwelling registered with the Historical Monuments.

The Saint-Pierre church, built in the 12th century as well, is reminiscent of its simplicity and the character of its vaults, the Romanesque style. Renovated many times, it still has a beautiful altarpiece and a tabernacle carved wood.

Do not miss to admire the Duguesclin tower, the only vestige of the Benon castle which was to constitute a corner tower of the curtain wall. The Clock Tower is also interesting, as are the five necropolises discovered on the town at the end of the 1970s. The tumuli of Champ Châlons, all of the Neolithic, are now listed as Historical Monuments.

To enjoy the fauna and flora, take the direction of the forest and forest of Benon. Marked hiking trails are arranged and allow you to have a good time in the countryside.

Places of interest

Monuments
Natural sites

Events and festivities

In June, the town celebrates the feast of St. John.

A home sales show is organized in October.

Weather

Monday 22 may
Min. 9°C - Max. 23°C
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Tuesday 23 may
Min. 11°C - Max. 25°C
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Wednesday 24 may
Min. 13°C - Max. 23°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Initiation and improvement to riding from 1 year
Sports sensations27 € to 35 € Dompierre-sur-Mer (11.5 mi)
Carriage ride in the Poitevin marsh
Nature and the great outdoors10 € to 12 € Maillezais (11.5 mi)
Jet Ski in La Rochelle
Sports sensations70 € to 180 € La Rochelle (17.3 mi)
Maiden flight and introduction to autogyro flying
Sports sensations39 € to 179 € Luçon (24 mi)
Parachute jump above the Marennes-Oléron Basin
Sports sensations270 € Marennes-Hiers-Brouage (29 mi)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Golden Ball - The Ford of Velluire
HikeEasy1h05Le Gué-de-Velluire (13.1 mi)
Laves Wood
HikeEasy1h00La Taillée (13.5 mi)
The Wood of Lavas - La Taillée
HikeEasy1h05La Taillée (13.5 mi)
Circuit of Puyrolland
HikeEasy3h45Puyrolland (14 mi)
The Locks - Sainte Radegonde des Noyers
HikeEasy4h55Sainte-Radégonde-des-Noyers (16.3 mi)

Restaurants

Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals

Campsites

Hotels

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