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Rancon - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Vienne

On the D1, halfway between Bellac and Châteauponsac, Rancon is built on a promontory overlooking the left bank of the Gartempe. At the last census in March 2005, the municipality had 542 inhabitants (up from 1999 to 518 inhabitants), an area of ​​3161 hectares.

The prehistoric remains, discoveries Gallo-Roman monuments from the 11th and 12th centuries are witnesses of a rich past. The Gallic city to the present, history is made of Rancon rise and fall. The Middle Ages is undoubtedly the best period. Rancon being a capital of archpriest, the second largest in the area and the number of parishes (84) of the diocese of Limoges, the lords of Rancon reigning for 253 years on a rich heritage and extending its influence to the Charente Maritime (Taillebourg) or Vienna (Gençay).

The currently visible monuments: the church (XII, XIV, XVI), the Chapel of St. Sebastian Chapel St. Sulpice, the lantern of the dead (XII), the door of an old Renaissance house (circa 1780), the old bridge (XI, XII), the base of the unit cell is large Gallo-Roman at 200 m north of the bridge, a monumental testament to the hollowed portion of the Roman road Agen (Aginnum) - Bourges (Avaricum) from Limoges (Augustoritum) and Rancon (Roncomagus) the viaduct.

The setting is picturesque rivers (Gartempe, Semmes, Couze) are fish. It was conducted an operation of salmon restoration.

Several marked hiking trails allow visitors to discover lush greenery and a fitness trail, games for children and adolescents on the stage.

The municipality has a municipal post office, school. It is well endowed with craft shops, services and accommodation.

Community life is rich and very active.

Agriculture remains the main activity with important breeding sheep and cattle.

Specialty of the region: Clafoutis Limousin.

Geographical information

Latitude46.1317990 (N 46° 7’ 54”)
Longitude1.1824580 (E 1° 10’ 57”)
AltitudeFrom 185m to 337m
Surface area33.31 km²
Population545 inhabitants
Density16 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLimoges (54 km, 45 min)
Insee code87121
IntercommunalityCC Gartempe - Saint Pardoux

Nearest cities & towns

Balledent3.4 km (6 min)
Droux4.3 km (7 min)
Roussac6.6 km (7 min)
Villefavard7.1 km (10 min)
Saint-Junien-les-Combes7.8 km (12 min)
Blanzac7.8 km (10 min)
Châteauponsac8.7 km (10 min)
Saint-Symphorien-sur-Couze11.1 km (15 min)
Le Buis11.6 km (13 min)
Magnac-Laval11.9 km (14 min)
Bellac12.2 km (13 min)
Le Dorat13.1 km (17 min)
Saint-Pardoux13.5 km (23 min)
Breuilaufa14.7 km (21 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Natural sites

Events and festivities


Lantern of the dead and Chapel of St. Sebastian
Lantern of the dead and Chapel of St. Sebastian
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fortified church
fortified church
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Old Bridge on the stone and Gartempe smuggler
Old Bridge on the stone and Gartempe smuggler
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Monumental Gate
Monumental Gate
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Lantern of the dead
Lantern of the dead
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The viaduct
The viaduct
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Monday 23 october
Min. 6°C - Max. 18°C
Tuesday 24 october
Min. 9°C - Max. 22°C
Wednesday 25 october
Min. 10°C - Max. 23°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Les Rosiers golf course
Sports sensations10 € Bélâbre (47 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Trip around Lake Saint-Pardoux
HikeEasy6h00Razès (16.2 km)
The Three Spires
HikeEasy4h00Saint-Léger-la-Montagne (21 km)
Verger Gorges
HikeEasy1h30Bourganeuf (48 km)
Nexon Castle Park
HikeIntermediate1h15Nexon (51 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals



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