1. Stroll along the ramparts
Old Angoulême is an amazing architectural jewel. By strolling along the ramparts you will be able to explore the city’s key monuments and parks.
2. Head off on a quest to find the city’s painted walls
Comic strips are here, there and everywhere in Angoulême, even on the walls. A touristic trail comprising twenty-odd painted walls, created by the “CitéCréation” cooperative: a highly-original, entertaining way to discover the city.
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3. The Cité internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l’Image
Enter the kingdom of comics: a collection unequalled in Europe, exhibitions, workshops, conferences, meeting authors… A visit to the Comics Museum and the Comics Bookshop located in historic wineries along the banks of the Charente River is a must!
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4. Indulge in Duceau chocolates
One of the oldest shops in the city, listed as a Historical Monument, is a paradise of chocolate confectionery created by Jean Christophe Crosnier: a real local institution. The famous Marguerite is a must-taste!
5. A cruise along the Charente River
Jump on-board the Reine Margot for a 1h45 guided cruise along the Charente River. And, why not delight in a dinner cruise (duration 2h15 to 3h15)
A wide range of other aquatic activities are proposed on the river, find out more from the Tourist Office
6. Stop off for a drink on one of Old Angoulême’s little squares
The cobblestone alleyways of Old Angoulême have a sort of Montmartre feeling to them. Stop off at Place des Halles or Place Francis Louvel, relax with a drink on a terrace and enjoy Angoulême’s gentle lifestyle.
7. Buy a pair of “Charentaises” (slippers)
If ever there was a gift from Angoulême to offer friends or family, then it would have to be “Charentaises” (slippers)! As well as being totally up-to-the-minute, they’re also an emblem of Charente.
8. A Terra Aventura treasure hunt trail
Discover Angoulême and the region in a surprising, fun-filled way with Terra Aventura’s geocaching app.
For more details about the trail
For more details about Terra-Aventura
9. A concert at the Nef
The Nef is a well-known performance venue in Angoulême. A highly-acclaimed reference for contemporary music, it proposes an excellent quality, eclectic programme.
10. A night at the Saint Gelais Hotel
This former Diocesan House located among the ramparts of the old town is now a 4* boutique hotel with a gastronomic restaurant: “L’Algorithme”. Room from €130/night.
Book a room at the Saint Gelais Hotel