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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Distillerie des Moisans

The Distillerie des Moisans, "Distillerie Haute Couture" cultivates a remarkable family spirit along the Charente, between Angoulême and Cognac. The fruit of a 60-hectare estate, its eaux de vie offer unique tasting experiences.

9 impasse des chais 16440 Sireuil
Du 03/01/2024 au 22/12/2024
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Bouchez Didier - Poultry, rabbits

Poultry, rabbits, geese to roast for Christmas.

Puymard 16410 Fouquebrune
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Restaurant Domaine du Chatelard

By the fireside or on the terrace in the heart of 10 hectares of woodland, the Domaine du Chatelard offers a harmonious setting. The chef's inventive cuisine, with a slight Italian influence, is rich in local produce, including his AB-labeled vegetable garden.

1079 route du Chatelard 16410 Dirac
Du 21/01/2024 au 30/05/2024
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Domaine du Chatelard

Close to Angoulême, Domaine du Chatelard is an 18th-century residence set in a wooded estate overlooking a private lake. 11 individually decorated rooms and a top-quality restaurant make for a warm welcome.

1079 route du Chatelard 16410 Dirac
Du 21/01/2024 au 30/12/2024
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Ferme de Dallignac

Near Angoulême, the mixed farming / dairy cow farm offers local products for direct sale. The Dallignac farm also produces honey and offers products derived from honey (candies, soft caramels, etc.)
Producer of beef, milk-fed veal, honey and derived products, grape juice, fruit jam, poppy or elderberry confit and syrup, milk jam, nuts, canned meats (veal pâtés, burgundy, tripe. ..). The sale of meat is done by reservation, every month. Delivery possible, withdrawal from the farm or farmers' markets. The farm can be visited only by reservation. Educational visits can be made for classes, leisure centers ...

11 route des Balatries 16250 Chadurie
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La grange d'obevie

This charming gîte was set up a renovated barn, in a vast 1500m² private enclosed garden. Decorated with care, big terrace well oriented and shady.
Ground floor: vast living room with a kitchen area and a lounge (fireplace, firewood provided), 2 bedrooms (each one with a double bed), shower room, toilet. Upstairs: 2 bedrooms (each one with 2 single beds), shower room, toilet. Flat screen TV, DVD reader, internet access (3G key). Terrace, swing, badminton, pétanque, 4 bikes, trampoline. Firewood available for the fireplace. Heating included. Paragliding is possible 5 km away from the gîte.

11 route de dignac Obevie 16410 Fouquebrune
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Christophe Gendronneau - Beef

Direct selling of beef, Charolais and Limousine breed.



In charge of a 180 cows farm, Christophe Gendronneau opened in 2009 a laboratory in his farm to develop his business and increase the value of his beef. Although he is in a responsible agriculture, he also uses inputs from organic agriculture to cultivate 200ha of lands and cereal fields. The animals are exclusively fed with farm products. Christophe hopes to open soon a producers' shop with a butcher's and a bakery.



Direct selling at the farm from wednesday to saturday, from 8:00am to noon.



Present in the following markets:

La Pinotière in La Couronne, on Thursday afternoon

Domaine du Tambourinour in Gondeville, on Friday afternoon



At the producers' market: Coccinelle et Coquelicot in Angoulême - Ma Campagne

Le Loubeau 16410 Fouquebrune
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La ferme des templiers

Antoine and Baptiste will welcome you at the farm: the shop is open every Friday, and during opening hours, farm tours, nature walks.
Certified organic production, 100% from here!
Cereals, field vegetables (potatoes, beans, tomatoes, peppers, etc.), ready-to-cook poultry (chickens, cans), organic eggs.
Gascon-type pork, flour, sunflower oil and other local organic specialties.

Le Loubeau 16410 Fouquebrune
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Visite du domaine et atelier cocktail au domaine ABK6 Cognac

Rediscover the world's most coveted eau-de-vie in a fun format with a cocktail workshop!
This tour will take you on a multi-sensory experience, starting with a complete discovery of the Domaine de Chez Maillard, followed by a tasting session of 3 Cognacs from the property.



At that moment, you will be savoring one of the most refined and coveted Cognacs in the world. Relax and enjoy the moment!



The highlight of the visit will end with the creation of two cocktails from the estate's spirits (cognacs, pineaux, gins, vodkas, liqueurs).

Domaine de Chez Maillard, 1 route du Ménager 16250 Val-des-Vignes
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Passion Cognac" tour of the ABK6 estate

Enter the heart of the Domaine de Chez Maillard, property of Domaines Francis Abécassis, and discover the secrets of making the most coveted eau-de-vie in the world!
During a complete visit, you will discover the processes of vinification and double distillation in Charente as well as the secrets of aging and blending in the cellars of the Domaine.



This complete visit will end with a tasting of one or three Cognacs of your choice. Lovers of this spirit will be won over!

Domaine de Chez Maillard, 1 route du Ménager 16250 Val-des-Vignes
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Margasin du Maine Belon

Shop selling Charentais melons and seasonal vegetables from our own production, as well as local products (groceries, flowers, etc.).

6 chez françois 16250 Chadurie
Du 02/05/2024 au 19/06/2024
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Château de Maumont

In this pretty, romantic château near Angoulême, Minka and Xavier have left nothing to chance: from the crockery to the household linen, to the family furniture and the contemporary art, all without forgetting the bamboo grove for a stroll or the heated swimming pool.

4 rue Aristide Briand 16600 Magnac-sur-Touvre
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