Angouleme is the main town famous for its ‘Circuit des Remparts’ when the whole town is taken over by vintage and classic cars. There is also the Fete Bande Dessine (cartoon festival), which attracts people worldwide. Angouleme is situated approximately 40 minutes’ drive away and well worth visiting the historic Town Centre with its pedestrianised shopping area full of various independent shops, large department stores and a great selection of restaurants and cafes.
Conveniently situated on the border of the “South” Charente and the Dordogne, Aubeterre sur Dronne boasts an exceptional cultural heritage which, combined with its beautiful natural surroundings and the famous French “art de vivre”, makes it the perfect place to live and visit.
Officially listed as one of “The Most Beautiful Villages in France” since 1993, it has welcomed pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella in north west Spain, visitors and tourists for over 1000 years. Two important historical monuments add to the cultural status of Aubeterre sur Dronne; the extraordinary, monolithic, underground Church of St Jean and the Romanesque Church of St Jacques, with its stunning façade.
Visitors and tourists can enjoy meandering through the ups and downs of the narrow streets, popping in to admire the many specialist shops, including a leather worker and potters, and then settling down in the village square, Place Trarieux, at one of the cafés or restaurants, comfortably shaded by ancient lime trees.
The quiet streets of the village are lined with typical Charentais houses, and there is much to enjoy simply by strolling around the village admiring the shopfronts and small architectural details, as well as the highlights below.
The village is best known for the imposing Chateau de Villebois that stands on a raised promontory above the village. The extensive defensive walls and six incorporated towers, in the attractive white stone of the region, were built in the 12th-13th century and wind around the hilltop, giving access to the inner castle through a gateway between two substantial round towers.
Other notable highlights in Villebois-Lavalette include the traditional 17th century market hall in the town centre, supported by a combination of carved round stone columns and traditional carpentry, and the substantial 13th century Church of Saint-Romain that also stands tall above the town centre.
Known as the Venice of the Dordogne. A beautiful, riverside town with lots to do and see.
A gorgeous little coastal town not far from La Palmyre Zoo
Renowned the world over for it famous alcohol. Visits to distilleries are available.
The birthplace of President Mitterand, Jarnac has a Blues festival every year, where you can picnic in the park.