Ars tourism and travel guide

Photo of Ars in Charente

Visit Ars: highlights and tourist information

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Ars is situated in the Charente department and Poitou-Charentes region (now part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region), in the west of France at 42 kilometres from Angouleme, the department capital (general information: Ars is 412 kilometres from Paris).

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

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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!


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

Map of places to visit near Ars

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)

More information about Ars, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions near Ars, France

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


Geography and distances

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

Ars is in the west of France. 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