Ruffec tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: The highlight in the quiet town of Ruffec is the facade of the 12th century church

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

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Ruffec. For detailed visitor information see the Ruffec travel guide.

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Nanteuil-en-Vallee at 10 km and Bayers at 12 km.

Ruffec, France: places to visit and attractions

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

Verteuil-sur-Charente

Verteuil-sur-Charente

at 6 km (direction south-east)

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

See Verteuil-sur-Charente guide
Nanteuil-en-Vallee

Nanteuil-en-Vallee

at 10 km (direction east)

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

See Nanteuil-en-Vallee guide
Bayers

Bayers

at 12 km (direction south-south-east)

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

See Bayers guide
Tusson

Tusson

at 14 km (direction south-west)

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

See Tusson guide
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Melle

Melle

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

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

See Melle guide
Chateau de La Rochefoucauld

Chateau de La Rochefoucauld

Castle at 34 km (direction south-south-east)

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

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Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire

Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire

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

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

See Melle Church of Saint-Hilaire guide
La Rochefoucauld

La Rochefoucauld

at 35 km (direction south-south-east)

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

See La Rochefoucauld guide
Confolens

Confolens

at 37 km (direction east)

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

See Confolens guide
Saint-Germain-de-Confolens

Saint-Germain-de-Confolens

at 38 km (direction east)

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

See Saint-Germain-de-Confolens guide
Angouleme

Angouleme

at 40 km (direction south)

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

See Angouleme guide
Saint-Simon

Saint-Simon

at 47 km (direction south-west)

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

See Saint-Simon guide
Jarnac

Jarnac

at 48 km (direction south-west)

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

See Jarnac guide
Marthon

Marthon

at 50 km (direction south-south-east)

In Marthon there is no single monument that dominates, but rather several...

See Marthon guide

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Markets in and near Ruffec

Market days in Ruffec: weekly market: Wednesday & Saturday;

  • Ruffec: market Wednesday & Saturday (0km)
  • Sauze-Vaussais: market Thursday (14km)
  • Civray: market Tuesday & Friday (15km)
  • Chaunay: market Monday (20km)
  • Chef-Boutonne: market Saturday (22km)
  • Lezay: market Tuesday (31km)
  • Melle: market Friday (34km)
  • Brioux-sur-Boutonne: market Thursday (35km)
  • La Rochefoucauld: market Wednesday & Saturday (35km)
  • Ruelle-sur-Touvre: market Thursday & Sunday & (39km)

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Tourist attractions near Ruffec, France

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

Heritage sites

National Monuments

  • Abbey Saint-Sauveur de Charroux (21km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Saint André (Ruffec) (0km)
  • Eglise de Genouillé (Genouille) (14km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Saint-Pierre-d'Exideuil) (15km)
  • Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Civray) (15km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Chatain) (19km)
  • Abbaye Bénédictine (Charroux) (20km)
  • Eglise de Saint Jean-Baptiste (Coulgens) (25km)
  • Abbaye de la Réau (Saint-Martin-l'Ars) (33km)
  • Eglise d'Usson de Poitou (Usson-du-Poitou) (38km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Brice (Saint-Mande-sur-Bredoire) (39km)
  • Eglise de Saint Maurice (Saint-Maurice-la-Clouere) (42km)
  • Cathédrale Saint Pierre (Angouleme) (42km)
  • Eglise de Saint Vivien (Bagnizeau) (42km)
  • Eglise de Saint Michel (Saint-Michel) (43km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre et eglise de Saint Hérie (Matha) (44km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Trois-Palis) (45km)
  • Abbatiale de Saint Pierre (Lesterps) (45km)
  • Abbaye Notre Dame de l'Assomption de Châtre (Saint-Brice) (51km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Gensac-la-Pallue) (55km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Germain (Gimeux) (62km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc et jardin de l’Abrègement (6km)
  • Jardin monastique médiéval (14km)
  • Arboretum du chemin de la découverte (34km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Grotte de Montgaudier (45km)
  • Château de Richemont (Charente) (55km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Vallée des singes (monkeys) (25km)
 
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Geography and distances

Ruffec is in the west of France at 42 kilometres from Angouleme, the department capital (general information: Ruffec is 354 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Ruffec

Canton: Ruffec

Arrondissement: Angoulême

Department: Charente

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 16700

Distance to Ruffec

from Angouleme (prefecture): 42 km

from Paris: 354 km

from Calais: 561 km

from Nice: 614 km

from Bordeaux: 146 km

from Strasbourg: 636 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 Ruffec from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 12 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Barro, Bernac, Condac, Courcome, La Chevrerie, La Faye, Les Adjots, Saint-Martin-du-Clocher, Taize-Aizie, Tuzie, Verteuil-sur-Charente and Villegats.

This page in French: Visiter Ruffec

 
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