Esse tourism and travel guide

Photo of Esse in Charente

Visit Esse: highlights and tourist information

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Esse is situated in the Charente department and Poitou-Charentes region (now part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region), in the west of France at 61 kilometres from Angouleme, the department capital (general information: Esse is 337 kilometres from Paris).

Popular places to visit nearby include Saint-Germain-de-Confolens at 4 km and Confolens at 4 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Esse, 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 Esse 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 Esse

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

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

  • Jardin de Liliane (34km)
  • Parc et jardin de l’Abrègement (35km)

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

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

Esse 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 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