Vieux-Ruffec tourism and travel guide

Photo of Vieux-Ruffec in Charente

Photo is of Nanteuil-en-Vallee at 5 km from Vieux-Ruffec

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Vieux-Ruffec 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 Vieux-Ruffec in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Popular places to visit nearby include Nanteuil-en-Vallee at 5 km and Verteuil-sur-Charente at 13 km.

Vieux-Ruffec, France: places to visit and attractions

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



at 5 km (direction west)

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

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at 13 km (direction west)

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

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at 15 km (direction west)

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

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at 16 km (direction west-south-west)

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

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at 22 km (direction east)

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

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at 23 km (direction east)

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

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at 26 km (direction west-south-west)

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

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Chateau de La Rochefoucauld

Chateau de La Rochefoucauld

Castle at 29 km (direction south)

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

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La Rochefoucauld

La Rochefoucauld

at 30 km (direction south)

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

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at 37 km (direction east)

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

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at 39 km (direction east-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 42 km (direction east-south-east), in the Haute-Vienne department

After exploring Saint-Junien and the Collegiale Church of Saint-Junien be sure to also visit...

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at 42 km (direction south-west)

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

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Most Beautiful Village at 44 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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Map of places to visit near Vieux-Ruffec


Markets in and near Vieux-Ruffec

  • Ruffec: market Wednesday & Saturday (15km)
  • Civray: market Tuesday & Friday (17km)
  • Sauze-Vaussais: market Thursday (26km)
  • Chaunay: market Monday (28km)
  • La Rochefoucauld: market Wednesday & Saturday (30km)
  • Chef-Boutonne: market Saturday (37km)
  • Ruelle-sur-Touvre: market Thursday & Sunday & (39km)
  • Lezay: market Tuesday (42km)
  • Saint-Junien: market Saturday (42km)
  • Angouleme: market every day except Monday (44km)

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Tourist attractions near Vieux-Ruffec, France

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

Heritage sites

National Monuments

  • Abbey Saint-Sauveur de Charroux (15km)

Regional Natural Parcs

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Chatain) (8km)
  • Eglise de Genouillé (Genouille) (12km)
  • Eglise de Saint André (Ruffec) (14km)
  • Abbaye Bénédictine (Charroux) (15km)
  • Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Civray) (17km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Saint-Pierre-d'Exideuil) (18km)
  • Eglise de Saint Jean-Baptiste (Coulgens) (23km)
  • Abbaye de la Réau (Saint-Martin-l'Ars) (24km)
  • Abbatiale de Saint Pierre (Lesterps) (30km)
  • Eglise d'Usson de Poitou (Usson-du-Poitou) (32km)
  • Eglise de Saint Maurice (Saint-Maurice-la-Clouere) (41km)
  • Abbaye de Saint-Amand (Saint-Junien) (42km)
  • Cathédrale Saint Pierre (Angouleme) (44km)
  • Eglise de Saint Michel (Saint-Michel) (46km)
  • Eglise de Saint Vincent (Puymoyen) (47km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Trois-Palis) (48km)
  • Eglise de Saint Jean-Baptiste (La Couronne) (50km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc et jardin de l’Abrègement (9km)
  • Jardin monastique médiéval (26km)
  • Arboretum du chemin de la découverte (47km)
  • Jardin de Liliane (52km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Grotte de Montgaudier (39km)
  • Site Corot (41km)
  • Réserve naturelle régionale Étang de la Monnerie (49km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Vallée des singes (monkeys) (27km)

Geography and distances

Vieux-Ruffec is in the west of France at 44 kilometres from Angouleme, the department capital (general information: Vieux-Ruffec is 349 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Vieux-Ruffec

Canton: Ruffec

Arrondissement: Angoulême

Department: Charente

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 16350

Distance to Vieux-Ruffec

from Angouleme (prefecture): 44 km

from Paris: 349 km

from Calais: 560 km

from Nice: 600 km

from Bordeaux: 151 km

from Strasbourg: 624 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 Vieux-Ruffec from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 6 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Benest, Champagne-Mouton, Le Bouchage, Le Vieux-Cerier, Nanteuil-en-Vallee and Saint-Coutant.

This page in French: Visiter Vieux-Ruffec