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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Charente

Common in south-west France, in Charente, Ruffec is known for being a stage town on the road to Paris and Spain. Founded in 963 by King Lothair, the city was once home to a castle fortress which regularly attracted the kings of France and dolphins.

Vibrant and attractive city, Ruffec is now a major city that enjoys all the services and benefits of a major metropolitan area. Located forty kilometers of Angoulême, the city enjoys a good quality of life and generosity of its inhabitants.

An important built heritage, and a luxuriant nature profiting from the proximity of the Charente, make Ruffec a charming city and an essential step on the road vacation. It is also an excellent base to enjoy all the beauties of the Poitou area, and the most beautiful sights of the region.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude46.0285590 (N 46° 1’ 43”)
Longitude0.1993390 (E 0° 11’ 58”)
AltitudeFrom 83m to 145m
Surface area13.37 km²
Population3839 inhabitants
Density287 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAngoulême (47 km, 41 min)
Insee code16292
IntercommunalityCC Val de Charente

Nearest cities & towns

Condac2 km (4 min)
Bernac4.2 km (9 min)
La Faye4.6 km (7 min)
Villegats4.8 km (7 min)
Barro5.9 km (9 min)
Taizé-Aizie5.9 km (8 min)
Verteuil-sur-Charente6.2 km (9 min)
Saint-Martin-du-Clocher6.5 km (11 min)
Bioussac6.6 km (10 min)
Les Adjots6.7 km (9 min)
La Chèvrerie6.8 km (11 min)
Courcôme7.2 km (9 min)
Tuzie7.8 km (13 min)
Villiers-le-Roux9.1 km (14 min)

Things to see and do

Ancient medieval city, Ruffec no shortage of vestiges of this time when the city was beaming throughout France.

Former perpetual vicarship, St. Andrew church once belonged to the abbey of Nanteuil. Built in the second half of the twelfth century, it also has parts dating back to the fifteenth century, including two wings were added at that time. Its facade, in Romanesque style, was classified as an historic monument, with its door with three reels and rich capitals.

In the street Pontreau, St. Blaise chapel in the form of remains registered as an historic monument.

The old Ruffec district is the main witness of the Middle Ages in the city. Located between City Hall and St. Andrew's Church, he can admire different houses with typical architecture of the medieval Poitou. An old castle is also located on a hill in the center of an ancient meander of the Link. It once provided protection and security of the medieval city, which assured him a good reputation among its enemies.

The little wash of Ruffec, overlooking the Charente is a lovely passage when you walk in the streets of the city. In excellent condition, it recalls the medieval past of the city and adorns the edges of the water.

Places of interest

Information points
Natural sites
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Ruffec no shortage of events throughout the year, recalling his past medieval city.

Throughout the year, a market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday morning, while a fair is organized on 13th and 28th of each month, throughout the year. Garage sales are also available for different periods.

In January, the International Festival of Humour and Dream takes place in the streets of Ruffec. On this occasion, various shows are offered to the public, such as cabaret entertainment, or humorous plays. Everything happens at the auditorium of The Canopy Ruffec.

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Spider trail in the trees
Sports sensations8 € to 20 € Taizé-Aizie (5 km)
Gyroplane microlight flight over Charente
Sports sensations60 € to 160 € Saint-Ciers-sur-Bonnieure (20 km)
Karting Circuit
Sports sensations18 € La Rochefoucauld (36 km)
Baptism of falconry
Nature and the great outdoors50 € to 70 € Lessac (38 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Trotte-Renard Mill
Village visitEasy1h30Bunzac (38 km)
Banks of the Tardoire
HikeEasy1h30Eymouthiers (51 km)


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