une journée à Angoulême

10 things to do in Angoulême to ensure you have an unforgettable day

Must-sees, must-dos, must-tastes during a trip to Angoulême… From the ramparts of the city high on the plateau to the banks of the Charente, on your own, with family or friends, the capital of comic books is a real treasure trove just waiting to be discovered.

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.

Vue générale d Angoulême

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.

Download the map or the mobile app

Angoulême mur peint

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!

Find out more about Angoulême’s Cité de la BD on

Statue Corto Maltesse Angoulême

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!

Duceau Chocolaterie Angoulême

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)

Charente Croisières

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.

Terrasse angouleme© Office de Tourisme Angoulême (2)-800

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.

Les Charentaises Tcha

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.

www.lanef-musiques.com

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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

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Restaurant L'Aumi

A modern, friendly gourmet restaurant on the outskirts of Angoulême, l'Aumì was born of the love between two enthusiasts in 2022. It was awarded its first Michelin star in 2023! A unique experience on the terrace or in the dining room opening onto the kitchen.

6 Chemin des Rochers 16400 Puymoyen
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Hôtel Saint-Gelais

A former diocesan house dominated by the Obezine church, this 16-room hotel is close to all Angoulême has to offer. The verdant setting is complemented by a bistronomic restaurant offering charm, tranquillity and gourmet delights.

16000 Angoulême
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Hôtel du Palais

In the heart of Angoulême, this 3-star hotel, housed in the former 1778 Tiercellettes convent, offers charm and warm welcomes. The cathedral, museums, market, restaurants and pedestrian zone are all less than 10 minutes away.

4 place Francis Louvel 16000 Angoulême
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Mercure Hôtel de France

Closed for renovation from January 29, 2024 to at least March 16, 2024.

In the heart of Angoulême's old town, opposite Les Halles, 2 steps from lively streets, museums and monuments, the Mercure Hôtel de France offers 89 rooms with restaurant, bar and private lounges.

1 Place des Halles Centrales 16000 Angoulême
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La Flow Vélo Angoulême - Châteauneuf-sur-Charente

ANGOULEME - CHATEAUNEUF-SUR-CHARENTE

Start: in Angoulême

Arrival: Châteauneuf/Charente

Time: 1h41 - Distance: 25.37 km

Along the Charente valley
This stage is marked by the alternation between Angoulême and Châteauneuf, the route of the Flow Vélo® alternates between the right bank and the left bank of the Charente river and invites you to discover the river by taking a little height but also by brushing it with wheels…



From Angoulême, you will soon meet the loop of the Charente in Fléac before reaching the village of Trois-Palis, where you will not be able to resist the visit of the chocolate factory Letuffe. This artisan chocolate factory is the most famous in Charente! You will find the famous Marguerite d'Angoulême (chocolate flavored with orange) and other specialties such as Charentaise truffandines or guinettes (cherries with cognac)



The route continues until Saint-Simeux, whose village rises to 80 meters of altitude. The Flow Vélo®, on the other hand, runs at the foot of the village, where water mills and river transport used to be the main economy of the municipality.



From the bridge that you quickly reach at the exit of Saint Simeux, admire the view of the church that dominates the valley, the old eel fisheries and the water mill. The opportunity to take a picture worthy of a postcard!



Continue towards the village of Mosnac which has a dozen 19th century farms and several 16th century houses. At 2 km from your arrival and from the center of Châteauneuf-sur-Charente, the Ladies' bath is a pleasant sandy beach calling for a stroll. It is located opposite Mattard Island and very close to the Véloroute.



In the town centre of Chateauneuf-sur-Charente, the church of Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens presents a beautiful Romanesque facade inspired by the cathedral of Angoulême. Between the church and the town hall with neoclassical architecture, the old streets feature mansions (15th century Berdeville house) and old fronts.

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Départ Angoulême / Châteauneuf 16120 Châteauneuf-sur-Charente
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Cognac et Pineau Roussille

Near Angoulême, the Roussille estate was founded in 1863, where the know-how for their award-winning Pineau and Cognac has been handed down from generation to generation. A complete tour of the vineyard, distillery and cellar await you.

21 rue de Libourdeau 16730 Linars
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