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.