A flavour of places and restaurants to visit

Civray is situated in the Vienne department and Poitou-Charentes region (now part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region), in the west of France at 48 kilometres from Poitiers, the department capital (general information: Civray is 338 kilometres from Paris). It has the stunning Saint-Nicolas church, a 12th century Romanesque building. It is a beautiful example of architectural genius with its carved façade and colourful interior.

Civray also has its own cinema and has regular showing of movies in English.

Popular places to visit nearby include Ruffec at 15 km and Nanteuil-en-Vallee at 17 km. Poitiers is about 55kms away and very cosmopolitan, great for shopping as is Angouleme both also having stunning cathedrals and architectural wonders.

Cognac is about an hour away and well worth a visit around one of the famous cognac houses.  For those looking for day trips La Rochelle, a beautiful seaside town offering great restaurants and shopping is highly recommended as is Bordeaux with its surrounding vineyards.

For a fun family day out try Futuroscope, a futuristic theme part located just outside Poitiers or Puy du Fou which brings in the crowds worldwide. Our nearest family day out attraction is La Vallee des Singes, if you are a monkey or gorilla fan – this is a must!


Civray main market is held on Tuesdays 8am to 12.30pm, it gets bigger and bigger as the year goes on and offers an eclectic mix of locally grown produce, clothing and household goods. There is a smaller market on Friday mornings mostly selling fresh produce.

There is a night market on the first Friday in August and this one is totally different from the general market. It offers artisan products like jewellery, crafts, clothing. It starts early evening at around 6pm and goes on until about midnight.  Cafes, bars and food stalls remain open as well.

In addition to our local market there are some other ones worth a visit, a good website for all info is www.francethisway.com


We are extremely fortunate in that there are too many restaurants to list here. Some of our favourites include:

Hotel du Commerce, Civray. Centrally located offering a great food with a warm welcome, lovely to sit outside in the summer, riverside.

Pizzeria O’Napoli, Civray. Great for an informal Italian meal or a pizza takeaway.

O City’ven, Civray. Great lunchtime menus, situated on the market square.

Further afield

Le Moulin de Condac, Condac (16kms). Lovely restaurant situated riverside, great food and service.

Le Bouton d’or, Saint-Romain (9.5kms). Highly rated on Tripadvisor.

Auburge du Village, Blanzay (6kms away). French and British pub food.

Le Moulin de Verteuil, Verteuil-sur-Charente (22kms) Gastro pub situated on the river of a beautiful village, offering amongst its large menu the best brioche you could ever taste.

Other restaurants will be listed in the information pack supplied in each gite or can be found, along with other info on https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk

Bastille Day

The most highly celebrated Bastille day occurs in force across our region. Civray boasts the largest Brocante on 14th July, which runs along the River Charente. There is a spectacular display of fireworks in the evening.