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Fort Louvois is also known among the locals as Fort Chapus or Fort du Chapus. It is a massive maritime fortification, built at the end of the 17th century by Louis XIV, as a part of his attempts to construct a chain of fortresses on the coasts of Aunis and Saintonge.

This jewel of military architecture was erected between 1691 and 1694 in the town of Bourcefranc-le-Chapus, part of the French Charente-Maritime department. It has been raised about 400 meters away from the shore, on a little islet called Chapus – that’s where its local name comes from.

Learn other exciting details about Fort Louvois, its history, and its current state in the next paragraphs, provided by the team of Travel in Pink.

Planning your visit to Fort Louvois

There are a few essentials to keep in mind when planning your visit to the fortress.

First of all, the site is generally accessible during summer months only. In 2020, the fort will accept visitors from April 5 to November 1. During this period, guided tours are scheduled every day (except for Saturday) in the following hours:

  • From 11:00 to 11:45
  • From 14:30 to 15:30
  • From 16:30 to 17:15

An estimated minimum of one hour will be required for a thorough visit to all parts of the fortification.

Furthermore, the site is not always accessible by foot. High tides completely shut the islet off the shore, so you’ll need to use the little on-site boat that is provided to take visitors to the fort and back. During your visit, you can take advantage of free parking at the port. At low tides, on the other hand, the site is accessible via a 400-meter-long causeway. Its floor can, at times, be slippery, so you better suit yourself with a proper pair of shoes.

The fort houses a permanent exhibit that explains and illustrates its history – it also includes models of other fortifications along the Charente coast. When you enter, you will be able to examine Fort Louvois from top to bottom, including its ramparts, the dungeon, the courtyard, and more.

Visitors are welcome to dress up in a unique photo studio, participate in various outdoor activities, and even enjoy an escape game after the site is closed to the public upon prior reservation.



17560 Bourcefranc-le-Chapus, Frankrijk

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Fort Louvois is also known among the locals as Fort Chapus or Fort du Chapus. It is a massive maritime fortification, built at the end of the 17th century by Louis XIV, as a part of his attempts to construct a chain of fortresses on the coasts of Aunis and Saintonge.

This jewel of military architecture was erected between 1691 and 1694 in the town of Bourcefranc-le-Chapus, part of the French Charente-Maritime department. It has been raised about 400 meters away from the shore, on a little islet called Chapus – that’s where its local name comes from.

Learn other exciting details about Fort Louvois, its history, and its current state in the next paragraphs, provided by the team of Travel in Pink.

Planning your visit to Fort Louvois

There are a few essentials to keep in mind when planning your visit to the fortress.

First of all, the site is generally accessible during summer months only. In 2020, the fort will accept visitors from April 5 to November 1. During this period, guided tours are scheduled every day (except for Saturday) in the following hours:

  • From 11:00 to 11:45
  • From 14:30 to 15:30
  • From 16:30 to 17:15

An estimated minimum of one hour will be required for a thorough visit to all parts of the fortification.

Furthermore, the site is not always accessible by foot. High tides completely shut the islet off the shore, so you’ll need to use the little on-site boat that is provided to take visitors to the fort and back. During your visit, you can take advantage of free parking at the port. At low tides, on the other hand, the site is accessible via a 400-meter-long causeway. Its floor can, at times, be slippery, so you better suit yourself with a proper pair of shoes.

The fort houses a permanent exhibit that explains and illustrates its history – it also includes models of other fortifications along the Charente coast. When you enter, you will be able to examine Fort Louvois from top to bottom, including its ramparts, the dungeon, the courtyard, and more.

Visitors are welcome to dress up in a unique photo studio, participate in various outdoor activities, and even enjoy an escape game after the site is closed to the public upon prior reservation.



17560 Bourcefranc-le-Chapus, Frankrijk

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17560 Bourcefranc-le-Chapus, Frankrijk

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Fort Louvois is also known among the locals as Fort Chapus or Fort du Chapus. It is a massive maritime fortification, built at the end of the 17th century by Louis XIV, as a part of his attempts to construct a chain of fortresses on the coasts of Aunis and Saintonge.

This jewel of military architecture was erected between 1691 and 1694 in the town of Bourcefranc-le-Chapus, part of the French Charente-Maritime department. It has been raised about 400 meters away from the shore, on a little islet called Chapus – that’s where its local name comes from.

Learn other exciting details about Fort Louvois, its history, and its current state in the next paragraphs, provided by the team of Travel in Pink.

Planning your visit to Fort Louvois

There are a few essentials to keep in mind when planning your visit to the fortress.

First of all, the site is generally accessible during summer months only. In 2020, the fort will accept visitors from April 5 to November 1. During this period, guided tours are scheduled every day (except for Saturday) in the following hours:

  • From 11:00 to 11:45
  • From 14:30 to 15:30
  • From 16:30 to 17:15

An estimated minimum of one hour will be required for a thorough visit to all parts of the fortification.

Furthermore, the site is not always accessible by foot. High tides completely shut the islet off the shore, so you’ll need to use the little on-site boat that is provided to take visitors to the fort and back. During your visit, you can take advantage of free parking at the port. At low tides, on the other hand, the site is accessible via a 400-meter-long causeway. Its floor can, at times, be slippery, so you better suit yourself with a proper pair of shoes.

The fort houses a permanent exhibit that explains and illustrates its history – it also includes models of other fortifications along the Charente coast. When you enter, you will be able to examine Fort Louvois from top to bottom, including its ramparts, the dungeon, the courtyard, and more.

Visitors are welcome to dress up in a unique photo studio, participate in various outdoor activities, and even enjoy an escape game after the site is closed to the public upon prior reservation.



17560 Bourcefranc-le-Chapus, Frankrijk

Where is it on the Map?

17560 Bourcefranc-le-Chapus, Frankrijk