Vineyards & Distilleries
Cognac and Bordeaux are ofcourse the most well known but small houses nearby also grow and produce wine and Pineau de Charente - a local aromatic fortified wine aperitif. Visit the famous and less well known - all are welcoming and offer tours
Known as ‘Monaco sans La Mer” Angoulême hosts this legendary and stylish classic car race. First staged in 1939, the Circuit des Remparts is a classic car race not to miss! It is held on the third weekend of each September where classic cars hurtle around the ancient, pretty cobbled twisting roads. A weekend of high octane, style and society.
Kayak & Canoe
La Charente river and its tributaries are ideal for kayak and canoe enthusiasts but also for a leisurely paddle to discover the waters and wildlife. A fun afternoon out for the children too.
Le Vallée des Singes
La Vallée des Singes founded in 1998, offers a full immersion into the fascinating world of primates. This wildlife park is 100% different; there are no cages, no fences but 450 monkeys freely living on a wide area of 22 hectares. It promotes ecological awareness and the protection of nature, environment and primates.
The International Comic Strip Festival in Angoulême
Created in January 1974 this fun festival is also a highly respected event showcasing promising young talent in the cartoon world welcoming nearly 6000 professionals from all over the world, and 220,000 visitors each year, to more than 20 different venues across Angoulême. Enjoy the exhibitions, shows, competitions and artistic events every year in January. This year 2022 ... from 17 to 20 March
The Bassins de Lumières
A journey of discovery of the artistic and architectural treasures of the city of Venice.
This is a moving art exhibition of sound and light set in in a massive former submarine base in Bordeaux. The site is transformed into bright and powerful colours encompassing space and the senses, works that come alive and recompose...an appointment with the magic of Art.
Markets & Brocantes
There is a local weekly food markets at Ruffec and Mansle. Discover the specialist growers for strawberries near St Angeau and onions & garlic from Ligne.
La Charente area is famous for its weekend bric-a-bracs. Forage for vintage typewriters, embroidered hankerchiefs
and trinkets from an age gone by.
Enjoy the fabulous miriade of country paths that wind through woods and between fields for walking and cycling and discover the water mills along La Charente river and the little villages and hamlets of this quiet and most beautiful rural countryside.