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
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Rental boats for hire on the Charente at Cognac
Within the "Golden Circle" of 20 miles across come the best brandies from Cognac, and Jarnac, due in part to the chalky soil. In Cognac visit the famed cognac museum and houses of Camus, Hennessy, Martell, Otard, Rémy Martin. Go to Jarnac to visit Courvoissier. Both towns are strikingly pretty against the lazy background of the River Charente, that provides enjoyment for boating enthusiasts and for fishing.
This art rich town, with its ramparts proudly butting over the river Charente, has a marvelous cathedral - St Peter's - with a fantastic Romanesque façade. There are many fine 17th and 18th streets to wander around with magnificent houses. On a lighter note - the town hosts an international comic strip festival, and you will find some representation of this at the Centre National de l'Image
Remarkably this was the most important town of the 1st Century AD and a short walk from the railway station you can visit remains of this era including the Arch of Germanicus, the Gallo-Roman amphitheater, and remains of the Roman Baths, as well as the archaeological museum dedicated to Roman Gaul. There also are numerous splendid churches including Saint Eutrope and the gothic cathedral of Saint Pierre.