The Charente is a region rich in history, outdoor sporting events, and cultural activity. It is one of the sunniest departments in France, and our location is convenient for day trips to Bordeaux and its vineyards; to Cognac and its distilleries; and to Limoges for its porcelain.
La Rochelle, its islands and the Atlantic coast are an hour and a half away.
In addition, Angoulême hosts five major annual festivals, among them the famous European Cartoon Festival and an antique car show race and rally which brings in the best from all over France and the UK.
Bande Dessinée, the Comics Festival, January
Music Metisses, Music Festival, May
International Festival of Chamber Music in Charente, May
Blues Passion Music Festival, July
Festival du Film Francophone, August
Circuit des Remparts, Antique Car and Rally, September
Piano en Valois, Classical Piano Festival, Oct./ November
Les Gastronomades, Food Festival, November
The Region has Gallo-roman archeological sites to explore, mediaeval churches to see, splendid chateaux to visit, and numerous events sponsored by local communities and organizations. The European Ballooning championships are every two years the last weekend of July; the Domaine Musical de Petignac’s unforgettable ‘Fête de la Musique et du Silence’ is mid-June. Hiking, jogging, and bicycle riding are available on-site. A tennis court is 4 kilometers from us and the Golf de l’Hirondelle in Angouleme is 17 kilometers from us.
We look forward to hosting you during your visit to the Charente
Angoulême’s Key Statistics*
46,000 Population of Angoulême city
13.5 Average year-round temperature, in Celsius
2000 The hours of sunshine – the sunniest outside
the South of France
134 Kilometers to Bordeaux and the coast
1300 The century when the town became associated
with paper making
160 Height, in feet, of the tower of St Pierre
Cathedral in Angoulême.
1204 The year the town was established by royal
*Taken from the Daily Telegraph’s website and their article on Angoulême 9 September 2006.