Besse tourism and travel guide

Photo of Besse in Charente

Photo is of Tusson at 2 km from Besse

Visit Besse: highlights and tourist information

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Besse 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 Besse in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Popular places to visit nearby include Tusson at 2 km and Verteuil-sur-Charente at 12 km.

Besse, France: places to visit and attractions

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

Tusson

Tusson

at 2 km (direction south-south-west)

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

See Tusson guide
Verteuil-sur-Charente

Verteuil-sur-Charente

at 12 km (direction east)

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

See Verteuil-sur-Charente guide
Bayers

Bayers

at 13 km (direction east-south-east)

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

See Bayers guide
Ruffec

Ruffec

at 13 km (direction east-north-east)

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

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Nanteuil-en-Vallee

Nanteuil-en-Vallee

at 20 km (direction east)

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

See Nanteuil-en-Vallee guide
Angouleme

Angouleme

at 32 km (direction south-south-east)

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

See Angouleme guide
Chateau de La Rochefoucauld

Chateau de La Rochefoucauld

Castle at 33 km (direction south-east)

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

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La Rochefoucauld

La Rochefoucauld

at 34 km (direction south-east)

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

See La Rochefoucauld guide
Melle

Melle

at 34 km (direction north-west), in the Deux-Sevres department

The town of Melle is best known for its three roman style churches, built...

See Melle guide
Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire

Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire

Church at 35 km (direction north-west), in the Deux-Sevres department

The church of Saint-Hilare in Melle is a very impressive example of 12th century...

See Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire guide
Saint-Simon

Saint-Simon

at 36 km (direction south-south-west)

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

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Jarnac

Jarnac

at 36 km (direction south-west)

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

See Jarnac guide
Cognac

Cognac

at 43 km (direction west-south-west)

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

See Cognac guide
Mouthiers-sur-Boeme

Mouthiers-sur-Boeme

at 45 km (direction south)

The 12th century church in roman style is the principal monument here in Mouthiers-sur-Boeme...

See Mouthiers-sur-Boeme guide

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Markets in and near Besse

  • Ruffec: market Wednesday & Saturday (12km)
  • Sauze-Vaussais: market Thursday (20km)
  • Chef-Boutonne: market Saturday (20km)
  • Civray: market Tuesday & Friday (27km)
  • Chaunay: market Monday (29km)
  • Brioux-sur-Boutonne: market Thursday (31km)
  • Matha: market Tuesday, Friday and Saturday (32km)
  • Ruelle-sur-Touvre: market Thursday & Sunday & (33km)
  • Aulnay: market Sunday (33km)
  • Melle: market Friday (34km)

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Tourist attractions near Besse, France

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

Heritage sites

National Monuments

  • Abbey Saint-Sauveur de Charroux (33km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Saint André (Ruffec) (13km)
  • Eglise de Saint Jean-Baptiste (Coulgens) (23km)
  • Eglise de Genouillé (Genouille) (26km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Saint-Pierre-d'Exideuil) (26km)
  • Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Civray) (27km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Brice (Saint-Mande-sur-Bredoire) (30km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Chatain) (30km)
  • Eglise de Saint Vivien (Bagnizeau) (31km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre et eglise de Saint Hérie (Matha) (32km)
  • Abbaye Bénédictine (Charroux) (33km)
  • Cathédrale Saint Pierre (Angouleme) (35km)
  • Eglise de Saint Michel (Saint-Michel) (35km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Trois-Palis) (35km)
  • Eglise de Saint Jean-Baptiste (La Couronne) (38km)
  • Eglise de Saint Germain (Varaize) (39km)
  • Abbaye Notre Dame de l'Assomption de Châtre (Saint-Brice) (39km)
  • Eglise de Saint Vincent (Puymoyen) (39km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Pierre (Dampierre-sur-Boutonne) (40km)
  • Eglise de Saint Estèphe (Roullet-Saint-Estephe) (41km)
  • Eglise de Saint Cybard (Roullet-Saint-Estephe) (41km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Gensac-la-Pallue) (42km)
  • Abbaye de la Réau (Saint-Martin-l'Ars) (45km)
  • Abbaye de Fontdouce (Saint-Bris-des-Bois) (46km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Germain (Gimeux) (50km)
  • Eglise d'Usson de Poitou (Usson-du-Poitou) (50km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin monastique médiéval (2km)
  • Parc et jardin de l’Abrègement (18km)
  • Arboretum du chemin de la découverte (34km)
  • Logis de Forge (45km)
  • Jardin du Chaigne (48km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Château de Richemont (Charente) (43km)
  • Grotte de Montgaudier (44km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Vallée des singes (monkeys) (36km)
  • Zoodyssée (42km)
 
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Geography and distances

Besse is in the west of France at 35 kilometres from Angouleme, the department capital (general information: Besse is 365 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Besse

Canton: Aigre

Arrondissement: Angoulême

Department: Charente

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 16140

Distance to Besse

from Angouleme (prefecture): 35 km

from Paris: 365 km

from Calais: 570 km

from Nice: 620 km

from Bordeaux: 134 km

from Strasbourg: 648 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 Besse from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 9 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Brettes, Charme, Courcome, Ebreon, Juille, Ligne, Raix, Souvigne and Tusson.

This page in French: Visiter Besse