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Ars tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Cognac at 7 km from Ars

Visit Ars: highlights and tourist information

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Ars is situated in the Charente department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

Popular places to visit nearby include Cognac at 7 km and Pons at 15 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Ars, 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 Ars in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

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

Cognac

Cognac

at 7 km (direction north-east)

Cognac has an extensive old twon and town centre, nice riverside walk...

See Cognac guide
Pons

Pons

at 15 km (direction west-south-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

Pons is a quiet small town overlooked by a castle tower that...

See Pons guide
Jarnac

Jarnac

at 17 km (direction east)

Visitors to Jarnac can explore the small old town, walk along the...

See Jarnac guide
Jonzac

Jonzac

at 22 km (direction south-south-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

Best known as a spa town Jonzac also has a small castle...

See Jonzac guide
 
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Saintes

Saintes

at 23 km (direction west-north-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

The town of Saintes is very interesting, with an extensive old-town to...

See Saintes guide
Saint-Simon

Saint-Simon

at 24 km (direction east)

In the Charente town of Saint-Simon you will enjoy a stroll along...

See Saint-Simon guide
Barbezieux

Barbezieux

at 26 km (direction south-east)

Here in the small town of Barbezieux it is the castle that...

See Barbezieux guide
Saint-Savinien

Saint-Savinien

at 35 km (direction north-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

In an attractive setting on the banks of the Charente River, Saint-Savinien...

See Saint-Savinien guide
Saint-Jean d'Angely

Saint-Jean d'Angely

at 36 km (direction north-north-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

The historic centre of Saint-Jean d'Angely has several notable monuments including the...

See Saint-Jean d'Angely guide
Mouthiers-sur-Boeme

Mouthiers-sur-Boeme

at 41 km (direction east)

The 12th century church in roman style is the principal monument here...

See Mouthiers-sur-Boeme guide
Angouleme

Angouleme

at 42 km (direction east)

Angouleme is one of our favourite Charente towns, with several interesting historic...

See Angouleme guide
Talmont

Talmont

Most Beautiful Village at 43 km (direction west-south-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

Talmont-sur-Gironde is one of the prettiest villages in Charente-Maritime, well known for...

See Talmont guide
Meschers-sur-Gironde

Meschers-sur-Gironde

at 45 km (direction west), in the Charente-Maritime department

The beaches and rocky coast attract visitors to Meschers, and you can...

See Meschers-sur-Gironde guide
Charmant

Charmant

at 47 km (direction east-south-east)

Charmant is another pleasant Charente town, with a small castle and a...

See Charmant guide

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

Map of places to visit near Ars

 
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Markets in and near Ars

  • Cognac: market Tuesday & Friday (7km)
  • Pons: market Wednesday and Saturday (15km)
  • Jarnac: market every day except Monday (17km)
  • Jonzac: market Tuesday & Saturday (22km)
  • Matha: market Tuesday, Friday and Saturday (25km)
  • Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire: market Tuesday & Saturday & Friday (26km)
  • Cozes: market Wednesday (36km)
  • La Couronne: market Saturday (38km)
  • Montendre: market Thursday (40km)
  • Angouleme: market every day except Monday (41km)

Hotels near Ars

More information about Ars, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions near Ars, France

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

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Saint-Germain (Gimeux) (1km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Gensac-la-Pallue) (10km)
  • Abbaye Notre Dame de l'Assomption de Châtre (Saint-Brice) (11km)
  • Abbaye de Fontdouce (Saint-Bris-des-Bois) (15km)
  • Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes (Saintes) (22km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre et eglise de Saint Hérie (Matha) (25km)
  • Eglise de Saint Vivien (Bagnizeau) (28km)
  • Eglise de Saint Germain (Varaize) (31km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Savinien (Fenioux) (32km)
  • Eglise de Saint Cybard (Roullet-Saint-Estephe) (34km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Trois-Palis) (34km)
  • Eglise de Saint Estèphe (Roullet-Saint-Estephe) (34km)
  • Eglise de Saint Jean-Baptiste (La Couronne) (38km)
  • Eglise de Saint Michel (Saint-Michel) (38km)
  • Cathédrale Saint Pierre (Angouleme) (42km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Voulgezac) (42km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Brice (Saint-Mande-sur-Bredoire) (43km)
  • Eglise de Saint Vincent (Puymoyen) (44km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin du Chaigne (21km)
  • Parcs et jardins du château de Beaulon (34km)
  • La Roche Courbon (37km)
  • Logis de Forge (41km)
  • Jardin monastique médiéval (48km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Château de Richemont (Charente) (9km)
  • Forêt de Pons (15km)
  • Forêt de la Lande (28km)

Towns of Art and history

 
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Geography and distances

Ars is in the west of France at 42 kilometres from Angouleme, the department capital (general information: Ars is 412 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Ars

Canton: Cognac-Sud

Arrondissement: Cognac

Department: Charente

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 16130

Distance to Ars

from Angouleme (prefecture): 42 km

from Paris: 412 km

from Calais: 613 km

from Nice: 642 km

from Bordeaux: 91 km

from Strasbourg: 696 km

Getting here

Most visitors to the region come by car with arrive here by car with the ferry ports at Saint Malo taking about 5 hours driving time. For driving distances to Ars from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 11 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Brives-sur-Charente, Celles, Cognac, Coulonges, Gente, Gimeux, Lonzac, Merpins, Saint-Laurent-de-Cognac, Salignac-sur-Charente and Salles-d'Angles.

This page in French: Visiter Ars

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