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Coordinates: 45°59′16″N 1°05′35″W / 45.9877777778°N 1.09305555556°W / 45.9877777778; -1.09305555556

Commune of Fouras

Le centre-ville de Fouras
Fouras is located in France
Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes
Department Charente-Maritime
Arrondissement Rochefort
Canton Rochefort-Nord
Intercommunality Pays Rochefortais
Mayor Sylvie Marcilly
Elevation 0–21 m (0–69 ft)
Land area1 9.51 km2 (3.67 sq mi)
Population2 4,024  (2006)
 - Density 423 /km2 (1,100 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 17168/ 17450
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Fouras is a French commune in the department of Charente-Maritime in the Poitou-Charentes region, 34 km at south of La Rochelle.


Fisherman's Cabin
Fort Boyard

Fouras is on a peninsula. It is bordered by five beaches and a forest named "Bois Vert" ("Green Wood" in English) which covers 20% of its area.

It extends into a roadway to discover tide to the low Fort Enet in the direction of the Île-d'Aix. The pier for the island of Aix is also located in the territory of the commune.

The south coast of the peninsula of Fouras forms the northern side of the mouth of the Charente river. A little further south is the Île d'Oléron. Off the island between Aix and the island of Oleron is the Fort Boyard, which was made famous by the French issuance of the same name: "Père Fouras" is not for nothing in the Fouras' celebrity .


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Fouras is a city in Charente-Maritime one departement in the Poitou-Charentes region of western France.

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