CHARENTE COGNAC GUIDE, FRANCE

charente maritimes

Endless beaches of Charente



PLACES TO VISIT
La Rochelle     Royan     Cognac     Angouleme     Saintes

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


La Rochelle, Charente

La Rochelle



Talmont, charente
Talmont


La Rochelle


La Rochelle, Cpital of the Charente-Maritime department, is on the Bay of Biscay.

The city has carefully preserved its architecture, making it one of the most beautiful cities on the Atlantic.

Its commercial harbour - La Pallice, includes a large submarine bunker built during World War II (not being used!), as well as the base for a large fishing fleet.

La Rochelle also has the largest marina for pleasure boats in Europe at Les Minimes, as well as a fair amount of boat building.

Complementing this there is also a large aquarium, and the Jardin des plantes de La Rochelle, a botanical garden.

Jacques-Yves Cousteau's ship - the star of TV shows "The Calypso is on exhibition at the Maritime Museum of La Rochelle.

Come to La Rochelle for the "FrancoFolies", for a week of concerts and celebration on a grand scale.

One of the place to go is the "Vieux Port" ("Old Harbour"), at the centre of the city, colorful, pretty and filled with seafood restaurants.

The city walls are great for an evening walk.



Royan


A resort with a lively nightlife, casinos, and beaches to be seen on, as well as apparently an international marbles championship!

The town is modern, as its original buildings were demolished during the war.

However every summer there is always something going on - music festivals, circuses, events.

For those seeking more sea and nature -

Grande Côte to the north west offers exhilarating Atlantic breakers
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Cognac


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


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



Boyard, Charente Maritime

Boyard, Charente Maritime





charente, near cognac
Charente



Saintes


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.