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Écuras - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Charente

Charming small village of Charente, in region New-Aquitaine, Écuras takes place fifteen kilometers from La Rochefoucauld and about thirty kilometers from Angouleme. Limitrophe of the Dordogne and very close to the Haute-Vienne, it is part of the Limousin Charente.

Former site of Gallo-Roman villas, the village of Écuras has long been illustrated by its forges and its mine of lead argentifere exploited just before the nineteenth century. A pleasant and charming town, Écuras is known today for its tourist activity with the presence of an interesting architectural heritage, as well as for its preserved and calm nature.

Lovers of life in the open air will appreciate the calm that reigns in this village of a little more than 600 inhabitants, and will benefit from its geographical proximity with some of the most beautiful tourist sites of Dordogne or Charente.

Geographical information

Latitude45.6872929 (N 45° 41’ 14”)
Longitude0.5670539 (E 0° 34’ 1”)
AltitudeFrom 111m to 280m
Surface area24.22 km²
Population592 inhabitants
Density24 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAngoulême (26 mi, 45 min)
Insee code16124
IntercommunalityCC La Rochefoucauld - Porte du Périgord

Nearest cities & towns

Rouzède2.6 mi (7 min)
Roussines3.9 mi (10 min)
Montbron3.9 mi (9 min)
Bussière-Badil4.6 mi (12 min)
Eymouthiers4.8 mi (13 min)
Orgedeuil5.8 mi (12 min)
Le Lindois5.8 mi (13 min)
Vouthon6.1 mi (13 min)
Busserolles6.7 mi (15 min)
Mazerolles6.8 mi (16 min)
Sauvagnac7.1 mi (18 min)
Saint-Sornin7.6 mi (13 min)
Maisonnais-sur-Tardoire7.6 mi (15 min)
Soudat8.5 mi (17 min)

Things to see and do

The church of Écuras is one of the vestiges of the former priory of the municipality. Built in the 11th century, it retained the elements of its original plan, although it suffered many damage during the English wars. Restored in the 15th century, it was partly destroyed during the wars of religion.

Walking through the village, you can admire the typical architecture of the region, as well as the beautiful Saint-Étienne fountain. Formerly a fountain of devotion, it was originally known as a cure for many diseases, including incontinence and hemorrhage.

Closed since the mid-1970s, the former tile factory Gaillard dates from the beginning of the 20th century.

The municipality is located on the regional nature reserve of the Valley of the Renaudie, and part of the site Natura 2000 val de Tardoire is also there. Écuras is crossed by the hiking trail GR4 which goes from Royan to Grasse.

Events and festivities

The market of Écuras is held from June to September, Sunday morning.

The large spawning takes place in June, the last weekend. On the program, fun fair, hiking and other very festive animations. An animated firework display closes the event.

From July to August, a game of trail retracing the history of the village is proposed.

In mid-August, the bread oven festival is an opportunity to discover the techniques and the life of the past.


The town of Écuras
The town of Écuras
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The Tardoire
The Tardoire
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Wednesday 19 april
Min. 12°C - Max. 25°C
Thursday 20 april
Min. 10°C - Max. 25°C
Friday 21 april
Min. 12°C - Max. 22°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Sightseeing cruise in the Venice of Périgord
Entertainment8 € Brantôme en Périgord (23 mi)
Visit Jumilhac Castle and its gardens
Culture and education5 € to 9 € Jumilhac-le-Grand (27 mi)
Balloon flight
Nature and the great outdoors220 € Coteaux-du-Blanzacais (30 mi)
Spider trail in the trees
Sports sensations8 € to 20 € Taizé-Aizie (30 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Banks of the Tardoire
HikeEasy1h30Eymouthiers (3.3 mi)
From Saint-Estèphe in Piégut
HikeEasy4h00Saint-Estèphe (8.1 mi)
Trotte-Renard Mill
Village visitEasy1h30Bunzac (10.4 mi)
La Vallade loop
HikeEasy3h30Saint-Saud-Lacoussière (15.7 mi)
Ancient loop Paussac Saint-Just
HikeEasy4h00Paussac-et-Saint-Vivien (23 mi)


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