Ruffec tourism and travel guide

Photo of Ruffec in Charente

Visit Ruffec: highlights and tourist information

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

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.

Ruffec is situated in the Charente department and Poitou-Charentes region (now part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region), in the west of France at 42 kilometres from Angouleme, the department capital (general information: Ruffec is 354 kilometres from Paris).

Popular places to visit nearby include Nanteuil-en-Vallee at 10 km and Bayers at 12 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Ruffec, 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 Ruffec 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 Ruffec

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)

More information about Ruffec, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions near Ruffec, France

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)

Geography and distances

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

Ruffec 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 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