Endless beaches of Charente
Visit Charente-Maritime and Charente and find a glorious and beautiful
part of France, from gorgeous beaches, to the idyllic river Charente that
meanders through pretty villages made well famous for the production of Cognac brandy
Cognac is situated on one of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostella just 250 miles southwest of Paris.
Francis I granted the town the right to trade salt along the river, which meant that Cognac had a strong commercial business base, consequently boosting the town's development as a centre of wine and later brandy.
Cognac's medieval quarter "Vieux Cognac" contains many architecturally interesting buildings, built between the 15th and 18th centuries, situated in the narrow streets.
Cognac is one of the world's best-known types of brandy or eau de vie and is made to strictly-defined regulations to be granted the name Cognac.
Angoulême is located 106 km (66 mi) northeast of Bordeaux.
The best known export is Rizla+ cigarette roll-up paper!
The Angoulême International Comics Festival takes place for a week every year in January and attracts nearly a quarter of a million international visitors.
The town sits proud upon a hill with grand views of the Charente valley
Saintes is located on the banks of the Charente River,.
Interesting sights include Basilique Saint-Eutrope , Cathédrale Saint-Pierre, and the Roman Arch of Germanicus once built across the main Roman road that went across the Charente River (the arch has been moved from its original site) as well as ruins of the Roman amphitheatre and an aqueduct.