Confolens is the home of the Festival de Folklore, one of France's largest and best known folklore festivals, which takes place annually in August and had over 100,000 visitors last year.
Confolens was built around a fortress first mentioned in the eleventh century. It still has picturesque remnants of its medieval past, including city walls and several houses dating from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries. It also features a bridge first mentioned in the fourteenth century.
Towering above the town of La Rochefoucauld by the River Rardoire in the Charente, the Château de la Rochefoucauld is an impressive castle, with its original 11th century square keep flanked by Renaissance towers.
It is still the residence of the La Rochefoucauld family, one of the oldest noble families in France, and has been in almost continuous ownership since it was first built.
Parts of the château are open to the public - there is no garden - and highlights include the beautiful 16th century staircase, highly ornate Renaissance detailing in the ceiling and windows, and the courtyard with its Italianate archways.
The oldest part of the Chateau Rochechouart, built by the viscounts of Rochechouart, including the gatehouse and the keep going back to the late twelfth century. For the most part, the building is a testament to the turn of the architecture between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance .Defensive element in an area marked for nearly three centuries by the conflict between France and England, the castle is indeed of the fifteenth century decorative elements (twisted columns, bas-reliefs) showing its new use. During the French Revolution, the castle was plundered, its furniture and dispersed archives. The department of Haute-Vienne in 1836 bought the castle of Rochechouart family. The building has since been the subject of several campaigns of restoration and rehabilitation.
THE LAND OF LAKES
Here, the sky is reflected in the Haute Charente lakes. Spread your towel on a sandy beach in the sun for a nap or a swim,or to stroll on the footpaths along the shores of the lakes; picnic on one of the areas on specially designed banks. Everything is there to facilitate your stay!
Walk and Ramble
With hundreds of kilometers of hiking the Haute Charente offeres hikers a wide range of ways to explore and discover.
Horseback riding can be enjoyed for short excursions to day long treks. As well as fishing all year round A panel of thirteen guidebooks on various towns in the Haute Charente awaits you at the Tourist Office ... Woodland, water, stone ... happiness to discover! and share!
Watersports and the Beach
The boating lake offers windsurfing, dinghy, catamaran, rowing, canoeing, kayaking, and mountain bikes ... all in an exceptional setting!
The beautiful beach Guerlie on the shores of Lake Lavaud, one of the 2 great lakes of the Haute Charente. Another
lovely beach called Pre Peyras can be found at Roumazieres-Loubert. Here you can enjoy a sandy beach in a natural and enjoyable setting and is only 10 minutes drive from the
The Charente has something for all cyclists – whether you want to take a cycling tour through beautiful traditional French villages or simply cycle to the boulangerie for your daily baguette!
As the Charente is the second ‘sunniest’ region in France with very low rainfall you can enjoy cycling without having to worry about bad weather.The Charente features over 1000 km of marked mountain bike trails helping you to discover the beautiful countryside of the region. The Mountain Bike routes vary from 6 km to 50 km in length, from 65m to 850m altitude and through a variety of difficulty levels which means that they are suitable for everyone!