Villebois-Lavalette is in the Charente department located on a prominent hill which has a superb château dating back to Roman times.
In the centre of the old town, there is a magnificent wooden covered market that dates back to the 16th century. It was restored in the 19th century and is now an historic monument. Built in 1665 by the Marshall Montault of Navailles, Villebois' beautiful covered market place is one the most stunning monuments in the Charente.
Because of its commanding position, it has always been a much prized location. In the Hundred Years' War, the English occupied it until it was reclaimed by the Duke of Berry in 1376. During the Wars of Religion, the town and château was taken by the Protestants until they were overthrown by the Catholics.
There is a lively market every Saturday morning.