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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Brillac
Insee code16065
AltitudeFrom 143 to 241 meters
Surface42.41 km²
Population658 inhabitants
Density15 inhabitants/km²


Chief townAngoulême (at 79 km, 77 min)Lesterps at 6.6 km (8 min)
DepartmentCharenteBussière-Boffy at 7.4 km (11 min)
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Brillac is a small village of about 670 inhabitants. It is situated on the foothills of the Massif Central, which allows him to enjoy a pleasant climate. Indeed, it is the "border" between his department (Charente) and Haute-Vienne (Limousin). It is built on a hillside, 220 meters, and so provides a panoramic view over the valley of the Issoire (listed Natura 2000 area) and the first hills of Limousin (Monts de Blond , Butte Frochet).

His story is quite complex, Brillac was the site of a Roman settlement, then centuries later, it became a feudal village. It had a fortified castle in the village center and several small castles and manors, and many mills scattered over its territory. Unfortunately, today there are only few traces that reflect its past. The main castle, transformed, destroyed and rebuilt throughout the centuries is now a residence of character. However, some fortifications bear witness to what could be the towers and buttresses of the castle.

The village also has two mansions. The first, located in the town, has been owned for centuries by the same family, the second is outside the village and also belongs to the same family for several generations. The mills have almost all of them disappeared and only a few vestiges testify to the presence of these structures.

Today, few homes would have architectural elements reflecting the feudal village. It speaks of vaults, secret underground passages, carved stones, there is even a castle mystery that could never be located precisely and thus neither the castle nor the vestiges of it have been solved.

Brillac also experienced the war. During the First World War, the village cut a road, destroying the bridge connecting the village to Lesterps. During the Second World War, it was the scene of a crash. An Allied plane came crashing into the territory of the municipality. There were no survivors. Now the dead are buried in the cemetery of the village where the residents each year are honored at the May 8

The traditions of the town are those of Limousin. Brillac made his reputation during Ostensions practiced in the village. Many people from all over France took part in this event and followed the paths cross present throughout the town. It was an opportunity for the village to see its population double or even triple. It was also up in the 90s as they attended the feast of Trinitee. Today, the village raises to many new events.

The traditions of the village, as the past of it, fuzzy. One recent events may be linked to tradition is the feast of Saint John where the whole population is found on the town square to eat, dance and sing around the fire and enjoy watching the fireworks.

Gastronomic specialties are the two departments whose village was born. There are "cagouilles" (snails), the mojhettes (beans), cheese cake, the milla (cake) and Pineau to the Charente. The clafoutis and apple cider and the boots with chestnuts for the Limousin.

The specialties of the village: The galletous called tourtous (Limousin) or bourriols (Cantal), but the recipe is not made based on buckwheat (not existing in the Confolentais). It is indeed a cake but it is done based on potato (main component of the resort). There are also "Miget, cold soup and sweet alcoholic served very cool in summer (in time, after the hay or other). This recipe is known in other areas of the department, but the recipe is not the same everywhere (some use milk).


The church opposite the castle.

The fountain Gaillard, mysterious fountain.

Ferrade Street, first street of the town, apparently ancient Roman road.

The bridge Binnot or "the Devil", Roman bridge surrounded by legends.

Valley Issoire.

Numerous hiking trails. The best known: the path of Mandragora, with his legend ...

Bike path.

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MonumentsCastle of Brillac,   Church Saint-Pierre


The events vary each year following the availability of the organizers and participants.

Each year the fire taking place on St. John, the music festival and flea market together with an animated ride with a sidecar, carriage, vintage cars. This happens at the end of June for 3 days.

Every Tuesday morning is market day in Brillac, with many traders on the Freedom Square (opposite the new City Hall).

Many meals are organized by various associations of the town throughout the year.


The village of Gauls Esse.

The Heritage Museum at Lesterps.

City Confolens with its gardens and parks, cinema, swimming pool, two gymnasiums and a festival in August.

The village of Saint-Germain-de-Confolens with its medieval castle.

The fortified village of Brigueuil.

Lakes Lavaud (swimming, walking).

Acrobranche to Massignac.

Animal Park to Hiesse.

Many activities in the towns of Saint-Junien (20km), Limoges (45 km), Angouleme (65 km).

Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Horse ride or trek in VienneNature and the outdoorsFrom 16 € to 170 €Le Vigeant (18.8 km)

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Friday 30 January
Min. 4°C - Max. 5°C
Saturday 31 January
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French cuisine restaurantPizzeria Beausoleil   NEW
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Located 18.5 km from Brillac28 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLes Jouberties
Golf View - This is the Jourberties in the heart of Limousin, you will find a lovely restaurant traditional French cuisine with the same name. You will love this stone building and...
Located 18.9 km from Brillac32 € per person 

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House with 4 bedroomsL'envers    
House and small farm house with a 2-hectare garden in a hamlet, 4 rooms, 3 double rooms and 1 family room. Bathroom and toilet in each room.
Located 7.7 km from Brillac48 € the double room 
Mas with 5 bedroomsLe Petit Mas d'Ile    
Our lovely renovated Farm from 1795 has 3 apartments. 2 Of these apartments use our comfortable “garden house” for breakfast, lunch and diner and the cooking of course. Around the swimming...
Located 8.4 km from BrillacFrom 40 € to 60 € the double room 
House with 5 bedroomsMaison des Ribieres    
The House of Ribiere Bed and Breakfast and Traditions. In the Old Master's House, Diana, and family welcome you to the medieval village of Confolens, famous for its folklore Popular...
Located 9.2 km from BrillacFrom 50 € to 60 € the double room 

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Yurt for 4 personsChez Vignaud
Our luxury tented camp of furnished safari tents is located on its own tranquil 5 hectare property with views of the French countryside. Each tent is equipped with 2 bedrooms (1 double...
Located 9.8 km from Brillac525 € per week 
House for 9 personsHoliday Home Caros 8 P. avec une piscine
Located 2 minutes walk from the main square, shops, bars and the medieval city, this ancient stone cottage offers accommodation for 8 people (possibly 10) on 2 floors. Bottom: fitted...
Located 9.9 km from BrillacFrom 299 € to 980 € per week 
House for 4 personsLe Gîte de Nouic
Located on the edge of the village of Nouic with all shops, is our terraced cottage, which has been classed as three keys by Clévacances. The Gîte has been recenctly reovated by ourselves,...
Located 10.7 km from BrillacFrom 305 € to 395 € per week 

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Hôtel de la Mère Michelet - Hotel in BrillacHôtel de la Mère Michelet     
A 40-minute drive from Oradour-sur-Glane and Massignac Lake, Hôtel de la Mère Michelet offers 24-hour reception, a traditional restaurant, a bar, soundproofed bedrooms and free Wi-Fi...
Located 9.7 km from BrillacRoom from 49 €
La Châtellenie - Hotel in BrillacLa Châtellenie    
Located in Availles Limousines, 350 metres from the River Vienne, this hotel has soundproofed rooms with free Wi-Fi access, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer....
Located 11.6 km from BrillacRoom from 56 €
Hôtel Val de Vienne - Hotel in BrillacHôtel Val de Vienne     
Le Vigeant
Located in a large garden on the banks of river Vienne, Hotel Val de Vienne is the perfect place for a resting stay in a countryside setting. Hotel Logis de France Val de Vienne welcomes...
Located 17.2 km from BrillacRoom from 92 €

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Hôtel Restaurant L'Essille
Situated in the heart of Charente region, L’Essille is located just 13 km from Cognac and and its airport. The property features a spa complete with a...
Hotel Epi d'Or
This hotel is located 1 km from the heart of Angoulême, close to the Victor Hugo market and pedestrian streets. It offers...
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