Esse tourism and travel guide

Photo of Esse in Charente

Photo is of Saint-Germain-de-Confolens at 4 km from Esse

Visit Esse: highlights and tourist information

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Esse 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 Esse in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Popular places to visit nearby include Saint-Germain-de-Confolens at 4 km and Confolens at 4 km.

Esse, France: places to visit and attractions

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



at 4 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Saint-Germain-de-Confolens guide


at 4 km (direction west-south-west)

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

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at 14 km (direction east-south-east)

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

See Brigueuil guide


Most Beautiful Village at 18 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 18 km (direction east), in the Haute-Vienne department

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

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at 21 km (direction 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


at 24 km (direction south-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 26 km (direction east-south-east), in the Haute-Vienne department

The village of Oradour-sur-Glane is a memorial town, now maintained in the condition it...

See Oradour-sur-Glane guide


at 27 km (direction east-north-east), in the Haute-Vienne department

The small market town of Bellac has some medieval houses of interest, and a...

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at 31 km (direction west)

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

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Le Jardin de Liliane

Le Jardin de Liliane

Garden at 34 km (direction south-east), in the Haute-Vienne department

Le Jardin de Liliane is one of our favourite gardens open to the public...

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at 34 km (direction east-north-east), in the Haute-Vienne department

In the small town of Le Dorat you will enjoy exploring the old town...

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at 38 km (direction west)

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

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at 40 km (direction west-south-west)

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

See Bayers guide

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Markets in and near Esse

  • Saint-Junien: market Saturday (21km)
  • Civray: market Tuesday & Friday (35km)
  • Ruffec: market Wednesday & Saturday (41km)
  • La Rochefoucauld: market Wednesday & Saturday (42km)
  • Saint-Pardoux: market Wednesday (43km)
  • Limoges: market every day (45km)
  • Montmorillon: market Wednesday (45km)
  • Chalus: market Friday (46km)
  • Chaunay: market Monday (47km)
  • Ruelle-sur-Touvre: market Thursday & Sunday & (55km)

More information about Esse, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions near Esse, France

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


  • Aquarium du Limousin (47km)

National Monuments

  • Abbey Saint-Sauveur de Charroux (28km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbatiale de Saint Pierre (Lesterps) (5km)
  • Abbaye de Saint-Amand (Saint-Junien) (21km)
  • Abbaye de la Réau (Saint-Martin-l'Ars) (23km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Chatain) (23km)
  • Abbaye Bénédictine (Charroux) (27km)
  • Eglise de Genouillé (Genouille) (31km)
  • Eglise d'Usson de Poitou (Usson-du-Poitou) (31km)
  • Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Civray) (35km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Saint-Pierre-d'Exideuil) (37km)
  • Eglise de Saint André (Ruffec) (40km)
  • Eglise de Saint Jean-Baptiste (Coulgens) (42km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame (Montmorillon) (45km)
  • Eglise de Saint Maurice (Saint-Maurice-la-Clouere) (45km)
  • Abbatial church de Saint Pierre (Solignac) (53km)
  • Cathédrale Saint Pierre (Angouleme) (61km)

Remarkable gardens

Sites of natural beauty

  • Site Corot (20km)
  • Réserve naturelle régionale Étang de la Monnerie (37km)
  • Lac de Saint-Pardoux (44km)
  • Grotte de Montgaudier (45km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Saint-Hilaire-les-Places (55km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Vallée des singes (monkeys) (41km)

Geography and distances

Esse is in the west of France at 61 kilometres from Angouleme, the department capital (general information: Esse is 337 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Esse

Canton: Confolens-Sud

Arrondissement: Confolens

Department: Charente

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 16500

Distance to Esse

from Angouleme (prefecture): 61 km

from Paris: 337 km

from Calais: 553 km

from Nice: 577 km

from Bordeaux: 167 km

from Strasbourg: 601 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 Esse from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 5 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Brillac, Confolens, Lessac, Lesterps and Saint-Germain-de-Confolens.

This page in French: Visiter Esse