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Confolens - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Charente

Located northeast of the Charente, at the confluence of the Vienne and Goire, Confolens, with its keep, its Romanesque churches, the remains of its fortifications, reflects the role it had in the Middle Ages. Confolens enjoyed prosperity due to the activity of its tanneries. On both sides of Old Bridge sixty houses with wood sides and many mansions attest to that time.

In the 19th 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 cake of almond paste called Kroumirs from local specialty.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude46.0140540 (N 46° 0’ 51”)
Longitude0.6683170 (E 0° 40’ 6”)
AltitudeFrom 127m to 222m
Surface area18.96 km²
Population2842 inhabitants
Density149 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAngoulême (66 km, 1h08)
Insee code16106
IntercommunalityCC du Confolentais

Nearest cities & towns

Ansac-sur-Vienne3 km (4 min)
Saint-Germain-de-Confolens5.1 km (9 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)

Things to see and do

Its two churches, St. Bartholomew and St. Maximus, the chapel of the Commandery, and the mansion of the Counts, the keep, the old Hall of Justice. Rue du Soleil, with the house of the Duke of Epernon (late 15th century), who had served in 1619 of 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.

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

The label is Confolentais of Art and History: The Tourist Office offers entertainment programs in the spring, summer and autumn.

In season, the Bike-Rail short pleasant walk in the shade of numerous trees. It also has a small museum on the train.

Franck Rivaud Trail: This circuit can discover Confolens, capital of Charente Limousine.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

Markets every Saturday morning and Wednesday morning.

On the 12th of each month: Fair Confolens.

April: Exhibition of unusual objects and toys of the past, under the covered market Confolens.

The second week of August: Festival Confolens.

August 23: St. Bartholomew's Fair.

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

Several yard sales throughout the year in different parts of the city.

Detailed information

Confolens Folklore Festival
The festival of world arts and popular traditionsFrom 10 to 15 august 2016


Old Bridge
Old Bridge
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View Confolens
View Confolens
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Steeple St. Maxime with the keep on the right
Steeple St. Maxime with the keep on the right
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Old oil mill Louis Quériaud
Old oil mill Louis Quériaud
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Half-timbered House
Half-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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Church of St. Bartholomew the 13th and 15th centuries
Church of St. Bartholomew the 13th and 15th centuries
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Station and Bike-Ride
Station and Bike-Ride
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Half-timbered houses
Half-timbered houses
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The Vienna for the Old Bridge
The Vienna for the Old Bridge
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Pier Alcide Pautrot
Pier Alcide Pautrot
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Part of the GR 48 takes the paths of Confolentais. A total of 71 trails, 1 to 14 km, criss-cross the Confolentais. The GR 48 is the liaison between the GR 3 and GR 4, between Chinon (37) and Rochechouart (87). A note at the trailhead Paule Lavergne, Binot Bridge Devil's Bridge or 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 village of Oradour-sur-Glane.

The Gallo-Roman Chassenon (Cassinomagus), open all year.

The park adventure Massignac.

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)
Feeriland, a marvellous miniature world
Entertainment0 € to 7 € Veyrac (34 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)


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)
La Vallade loop
HikeEasy3h30Saint-Saud-Lacoussière (54 km)
Nexon Castle Park
HikeIntermediate1h15Nexon (55 km)


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