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Confolens

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Charente

Confolens - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Charente
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Located northeast of the Charente, at the confluence of the Vienne and Goire, Confolens, with its keep, Romanesque churches, the remains of fortifications, demonstrates the role it had in the Middle Ages. Confolens enjoyed a prosperity due to the activity of its tanneries. On both sides of Old Bridge sixty-timbered houses and many mansions attest to that time. In the nineteenth century, became sub-prefecture, she held administrative and commercial functions, which changes its townscape. Since 1958, the festival of Arts and Traditions of the World each year attracts tens of thousands of people in the first half of August. In 1895, Auguste Redon created a marzipan cake called Kroumirs from local specialty.

Saint-Germain-de-Confolens nestles at the confluence of the Vienne and Issoire, the village developed around the castle, forcing its expansion options. The buildings are divided along the main axis. The village will welcome you in his cottage on the edge of Vienna, but also camping, private cottage or guest room.

Geographical information

MunicipalityConfolens
Postcode16500
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Latitude46.0140540 (N 46° 0’ 51”)
Longitude0.6683170 (E 0° 40’ 6”)
AltitudeFrom 122m to 222m
Surface area23.63 km²
Population2935 inhabitants
Density124 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAngoulême (66 km, 1h08)
Insee code16106
IntercommunalityCC du Confolentais
DepartmentCharente
RegionPoitou-Charentes

Nearest cities & towns

Ansac-sur-Vienne3 km (4 min)
Esse5.9 km (12 min)
Saint-Maurice-des-Lions6.8 km (9 min)
Lessac8 km (9 min)
Hiesse8.2 km (10 min)
Manot8.7 km (12 min)
Lesterps10 km (15 min)
Chabrac11.6 km (13 min)
Chirac12.6 km (19 min)
Épenède12.7 km (16 min)
Ambernac13.6 km (17 min)
Abzac13.7 km (14 min)
Alloue14 km (15 min)
Availles-Limouzine14.5 km (17 min)

Things to see and do

Both churches Confolens, Saint Barthelemy and Saint-Maxime, the chapel of the Commandery and the manor of the Counts, the keep, the old Hall of Justice. The Street of the Sun, with the home of the Duke of Epernon (late fifteenth century), which would have been used in 1619 for conspiracy to place the kidnapping of Marie de Medici. The door of the Ford, the streets of Adoue the Fontorse. See also, the square Jules Halgand with the remains of fortifications on the river.

Confolens of the cemetery, the tomb of Cecilia Marie Jeanne CREVELIER, made with the stones of an ancient dolmen and a stone sarcophagus of Volvic.

The Confolentais is labeled Country of Art and History: the Tourist Office offers entertainment programs, in spring, summer and fall.

In season, the Bike-Rail pleasantly you walk in the shade of its many trees. It also has a small train museum.

Franck Rivaud trail: this circuit to discover Confolens, capital of the Charente Limousine.

The castle of Saint-Germain-de-Confolens, St Vincent church, the street where Marchedieu remain marks of the past, like heads carved above the doors of houses.

A designer boutique in Saint-Germain-de-Confolens, allows you to discover the talents of artists working various materials such as wood, wool but also ceramics, cardboard...

Places of interest

Information points
Monuments

Events and festivities

Markets every Saturday morning and Wednesday morning Confolens.

The 12th of each month: Fair Confolens.

April: exhibition of unusual objects and toys of the past under the guise of market Confolens.

The second week of August: Confolens festival.

August 23: Fair St. Bartholomew.

In December: exhibition of collectors in the room of the Mill.

Throughout the year, many associations of the town organize various festivals and events: spring market, garage sales, choir, harvest festival, roasted pig on a spit...

Detailed information

Confolens Folklore Festival
The festival of world arts and popular traditionsAugust 2016

Photos

Old Bridge
Old Bridge
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Castle of Saint-Germain-de-Confolens
Castle of Saint-Germain-de-Confolens
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Tower of Saint-Maxime with the keep on the right
Tower of Saint-Maxime with the keep on the right
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View Confolens
View Confolens
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Bords de Vienne in Saint-Germain-de-Confolens
Bords de Vienne in Saint-Germain-de-Confolens
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The Vienna view from the Old Bridge
The Vienna view from the Old Bridge
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Quai Alcide Pautrot
Quai Alcide Pautrot
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Former oil mill Louis Quériaud
Former oil mill Louis Quériaud
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timbered house
timbered house
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City Hall
City Hall
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Chapel of the Commandery
Chapel of the Commandery
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St. Bartholomew Church of the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries
St. Bartholomew Church of the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries
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Railway and Bicycle-Rail
Railway and Bicycle-Rail
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timber framed houses
timber framed houses
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Moulin
Moulin
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Bridge from Issoire to Saint-Germain-de-Confolens
Bridge from Issoire to Saint-Germain-de-Confolens
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Spring at the foot of the castle of Saint-Germain-de-Confolens
Spring at the foot of the castle of Saint-Germain-de-Confolens
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town center of Saint-Germain-de-Confolens
town center of Saint-Germain-de-Confolens
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Saint-Germain-de-Confolens - annual falconry show
Saint-Germain-de-Confolens - annual falconry show
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Saint-Germain-de-Confolens - Overview
Saint-Germain-de-Confolens - Overview
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Saint-Germain-de-Confolens - citizen Day
Saint-Germain-de-Confolens - citizen Day
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Saint-Germain-de-Confolens - Sigle
Saint-Germain-de-Confolens - Sigle
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Part of GR 48 borrows the paths of Confolentais. In total 71 trails, 1 to 14 km, crisscross the Confolentais. The GR 48 runs between the GR 3 and GR 4, between Chinon (37) and Rochechouart (87). A note at the trailhead Paule Lavergne, Binot the bridge or bridge of the Devil known to have been demolished by the devil several times...

The Museum of Ostensions to Esse.

The ruins of the castle of Saint-Germain-de-Confolens.

The Abbey with her Lesterps Heritage House (open summer only).

The abbey of Charroux.

The abbey Cellefrouin.

The infamous martyr town of Oradour-sur-Glane, 30 km, and the ancient baths of Chassenon, 25 km, are testimonies of history.

The adventure park in Massignac.

An unusual place to discover the tomb of Augustus Pressac, an "original" who asked to be buried sitting in his wood with his gun and a bottle of wine!

For those looking further ahead, the Futuroscope theme park is 60 km, and finally, just to enjoy the holidays, the Atlantic Ocean is at 2:30.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Introduction to falconry
Nature and the great outdoors50 € to 70 € Lessac (9.1 km)
Spider trail in the trees
Sports sensations8 € to 20 € Taizé-Aizie (33 km)
Gyroplane microlight flight over Charente
Sports sensations60 € to 160 € Saint-Ciers-sur-Bonnieure (36 km)
Karting on a circuit
Sports sensations18 € La Rochefoucauld (37 km)
Arbre & Aventure acrobatic park at Lake Saint-Pardoux
Nature and the great outdoors8 € to 18 € Razès (49 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Banks of the Tardoire
HikeEasy1h30Eymouthiers (42 km)
Trotte-Renard Mill
Village visitEasy1h30Bunzac (43 km)
From Saint-Estèphe in Piégut
HikeEasy4h00Saint-Estèphe (47 km)
Trip around Lake Saint-Pardoux
HikeEasy6h00Razès (52 km)
La Vallade loop
HikeEasy3h30Saint-Saud-Lacoussière (54 km)

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