Benest tourism and travel guide

Photo of Benest in Charente

Photo is of Nanteuil-en-Vallee at 11 km from Benest

Visit Benest: highlights and tourist information

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

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Benest in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Popular places to visit nearby include Nanteuil-en-Vallee at 11 km and Confolens at 17 km.

Benest, France: places to visit and attractions

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



at 11 km (direction west-south-west)

Here at Nanteuil-en-Vallee it is the Nanteuil Abbey and Treasury that is of most...

See Nanteuil-en-Vallee guide


at 17 km (direction east)

Confolens has several sites of interest including an ancient bridge and fountain and some...

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at 18 km (direction east)

In the village of Saint-Germain-de-Confolens you can see the substantial ruins of an ancient...

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at 18 km (direction west-south-west)

At Verteuil-sur-Charente you will enjoy a stroll along the banks of the Charente River...

See Verteuil-sur-Charente guide


at 19 km (direction west)

The highlight in the quiet town of Ruffec is the facade of the 12th...

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at 21 km (direction west-south-west)

The Chateau de Bayers is the principal monument here, and thers are several other...

See Bayers guide


at 32 km (direction west-south-west)

Tusson is a very typical town of the Charente and has several impressive Renaissance...

See Tusson guide
Chateau de La Rochefoucauld

Chateau de La Rochefoucauld

Castle at 33 km (direction south-south-west)

The Chateau de La Rochefoucauld is the most important castle in Charente, with both...

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at 33 km (direction east)

Here in Brigueuil it is the roman style church that is the most interesting...

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La Rochefoucauld

La Rochefoucauld

at 33 km (direction south-south-west)

After exploring the Chateau de Rochefoucauld be sure to stroll around the rest of...

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at 37 km (direction east-south-east), in the Haute-Vienne department

On the edge of the Perigord-Limousin Regional Natural Park, Rochechouart has a castle and...

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at 39 km (direction east-south-east), in the Haute-Vienne department

After exploring Saint-Junien and the Collegiale Church of Saint-Junien be sure to also visit...

See Saint-Junien guide


Most Beautiful Village at 39 km (direction east), in the Haute-Vienne department

Now listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France', Mortemart is a very pleasant...

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at 39 km (direction east), in the Haute-Vienne department

Montrol-Senard is a traditional Limousin village which has been turned into an ecomuseum....

See Montrol-Senard guide

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Markets in and near Benest

  • Civray: market Tuesday & Friday (17km)
  • Ruffec: market Wednesday & Saturday (20km)
  • Sauze-Vaussais: market Thursday (29km)
  • Chaunay: market Monday (29km)
  • La Rochefoucauld: market Wednesday & Saturday (34km)
  • Saint-Junien: market Saturday (39km)
  • Chef-Boutonne: market Saturday (41km)
  • Lezay: market Tuesday (44km)
  • Ruelle-sur-Touvre: market Thursday & Sunday & (44km)
  • Vivonne: market Saturday (46km)

More information about Benest, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions near Benest, France

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

National Monuments

  • Abbey Saint-Sauveur de Charroux (12km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Chatain) (4km)
  • Eglise de Genouillé (Genouille) (12km)
  • Abbaye Bénédictine (Charroux) (12km)
  • Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Civray) (17km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Saint-Pierre-d'Exideuil) (19km)
  • Abbaye de la Réau (Saint-Martin-l'Ars) (19km)
  • Eglise de Saint André (Ruffec) (19km)
  • Abbatiale de Saint Pierre (Lesterps) (25km)
  • Eglise d'Usson de Poitou (Usson-du-Poitou) (27km)
  • Eglise de Saint Jean-Baptiste (Coulgens) (28km)
  • Eglise de Saint Maurice (Saint-Maurice-la-Clouere) (38km)
  • Abbaye de Saint-Amand (Saint-Junien) (39km)
  • Cathédrale Saint Pierre (Angouleme) (49km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame (Lusignan) (51km)
  • Eglise de Saint Michel (Saint-Michel) (51km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame (Montmorillon) (54km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Trois-Palis) (54km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc et jardin de l’Abrègement (14km)
  • Jardin monastique médiéval (32km)
  • Jardin de Liliane (49km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Site Corot (37km)
  • Grotte de Montgaudier (41km)
  • Réserve naturelle régionale Étang de la Monnerie (48km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Vallée des singes (monkeys) (26km)

Geography and distances

Benest is in the west of France at 49 kilometres from Angouleme, the department capital (general information: Benest is 344 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Benest

Canton: Champagne-Mouton

Arrondissement: Confolens

Department: Charente

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 16350

Distance to Benest

from Angouleme (prefecture): 49 km

from Paris: 344 km

from Calais: 556 km

from Nice: 596 km

from Bordeaux: 156 km

from Strasbourg: 618 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 Benest from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 7 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Alloue, Champagne-Mouton, Chatain, Le Bouchage, Pleuville, Saint-Coutant and Vieux-Ruffec.

This page in French: Visiter Benest