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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@alfamist sur la scène de La Nef, merci @jocalledafriend pour la photo !

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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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Bouchez Didier - Poultry, rabbits

Poultry, rabbits, geese to roast for Christmas.

Puymard 16410 Fouquebrune
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Mountain bike itinerary - Champmillon

8.7 km mountain bike itinerary from St. Vincent Church in Champmillon.

Eglise St-Vincent 16290 Champmillon
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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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Mountain bike itinerary - Mosnac

11.7 km mountain bike itinerary from the football pitch in Mosnac

Terrain de football 16120 Mosnac
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Domaine des Quillets

Welcome to the 'Domaine des Quillets'.
Since five generations we produce the cognac 'Paul Rumeau'. We produce, distil and age all our production at the Domaine.
During the visit you will be able to follow the evolution of the grape and discover the different production methods of Cognac and Pineau des Charentes. Finally, we will invite your taste buds to discover our production during a free tasting.
Product details: Cognac VS / VSOP / XO - Pineau des Charentes red / white - Liqueurs
HVE (high environmental value) operation aimed at conserving biodiversity and nature.

Les Quillets 16250 Champagne-Vigny
Du 02/01/2022 au 31/12/2022
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Mountain bike itinerary - St Simeux

17.2 km mountain bike itinerary from the "Pub des Gabarriers" in St-Simeux.

Pub des Gabarriers 16120 Saint-Simeux
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Geocaching : Terra Aventura - The “essac” fisheries

Terra Aventura is a treasure hunt inspired by geocaching.
To play, you must download the application on your smartphone (androïd or apple) or bring you a GPS, thinking to print beforehand the list of clues on the website. Then you will leave a starting point referenced by GPS coordinates. Throughout the way, characters named "Poï'z" will accompany you in search of clues. These clues will allow you to complete the GPS coordinates of the location of the cache.

On the territory, you can enjoy a 5 km walk in village of St-Simeux on the banks of the river Charente.
The poï'z "Zéidon" will guide you along the way and once the cache found, you will leave with a surprise!

Good luck !!

16120 Saint-Simeux
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Picnic area of Chadurie

On your way to Villebois-Lavalette? Looking for a place to eat? Stop off at the Chadurie picnic area, just a few meters from the village hall. The area is shaded and has green areas to lie down.
There are four wooden tables around the village hall. There is a small garden where you can take a walk and enjoy a digestive stroll. If you still have time, visit the old village wash house on the other side of the D438. Be careful when crossing the road!

Salle des fêtes 16250 Chadurie
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Furnished house_up to 4 people - Gîte Brioux

Country house renovated, stone, with a walled garden in a small hamlet 3 km from the village of Chateauneuf, and 2 km from the river Charente and swimming.
Ground floor: dining room - kitchen, living room (access by 4 steps), wc, 1 bedroom (access by 2 steps) with bed 140 and dressing room, storage room. Floor: 1 bedroom with bed 140 and cot, 1 bathroom with toilet. DVD player and VCR. Bicycle shelter, gantry. Heating to be regulated on site, on record. Possibility of photo internship during your stay.

245 Rue de l'Ouchelot Le Grand Bourglioux 16120 Châteauneuf-sur-Charente
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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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Picnic area of Bécheresse

Just a stone's throw from the Coteaux du Blanzacais and its vineyards, come and enjoy a tasty moment with your family at the Bécheresse picnic area. You will find a space fitted out with oak trees, a table and a bench.
Once seated, you will have the opportunity to admire the façade of the Saint-Barthélémy church located opposite the area. All the conditions are therefore in place to guarantee you a good meal. Enjoy your meal!

Place de l'église 16250 Bécheresse
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Coupe d'Europe de Montgolfières et son meeting aérien : Le Nouvel Aquitaine Air Show

The 22nd European Balloon Cup will be held from 4 to 7 August 2022!
A major event of international renown, this event will bring together about sixty hot air balloons from fifteen countries for a breathtaking event.
The best crews will compete in the art of directing... a non-dirigible craft!
The official competitions will be punctuated by aerial demonstrations, hot air balloon baptisms and shows. A large air show hosting collector aircraft will close the event as always, on Sunday, 1st August in Mainfonds.
For 25 years, the Montgolfières Cup in Charente has attracted nearly 1,500 hot air balloons, major air shows (Christian MOULLEC and his geese, world champions of aerobatics, acrobats on aircraft wings, airplanes legends and air patrols: patrol of Morocco and patrol of France) and half a million spectators.

Hota air balloons will take off at different moments during the competition: (programme 2020)
- The 31st of July in Semussac, at Didonne Castle
- August 1st at Génétouze, at the Haute Saintonge mechanical center
- August 2nd at Angouleme, on Île aux Vaches
- August 3 in Jonzac at the airfield

The event will end on Sunday in Mainfonds and throughout the day you will admire the air meetings (from 10am), the flight of balloons (from 6pm) with also a cabaret and fireworks in the evening.

The event takes place every 2 years.

Mainfonds 16250 Val-des-Vignes
Du 04/08/2022 au 07/08/2022
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Coupe d'Europe de Montgolfières et son meeting aérien : Le Nouvelle Aquitaine Airshow

The European Hot Air Balloon Cup makes thousands of spectators dream every two years in the South Charente.
An internationally renowned event, it is accompanied by the Nouvelle Aquitaine Air Show, an air showcase of French aeronautics!
The best crews will compete in the art of flying... a non-steerable craft! The official competitions will be punctuated by aerial demonstrations, hot air balloon baptisms and shows. A large airshow with vintage aircraft will close the event, as always, on Sunday in Mainfonds.

For 25 years, the European Hot Air Balloon Cup in Charente has attracted nearly 1,500 hot air balloons, great air shows (Christian MOULLEC and his geese, world champions in aerobatics, acrobats on aircraft wings, legendary aircraft and air patrols: Moroccan Patrol and French Patrol) and half a million spectators.

This great event has two parts: (the European Cup and the animation) and involves two different balloon stages:
- The COMPETITION, which tests 40 hot-air balloons, i.e. 40 crews composed of a pilot, a co-pilot, a recuperator and a crew member who helps to install the balloon
- The FIESTA part, which includes 20 hot-air balloons, composed of a pilot and a crew member. These are intended for first flights by partners, sponsors and the public.
The 60 hot-air balloons take off at approximately the same time. The launch sites for the competition are known at the last moment,
while the Fiestas' launch sites are identified in the "Animation and Fiesta" section.

The event ends on Sunday in Mainfonds and during the whole day you will be able to admire the air shows (from 10am), the hot air balloons (from 6pm) with also a cabaret and fireworks in the evening.

The event takes place every 2 years.

Mainfonds 16250 Val-des-Vignes
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Saint-Médard Church of Mainfonds

In contrast to the "classic" churches of Charente, the church of Saint-Médard de Mainfonds has a Greek cross plan. This monument was built in the 12th century.
In the centre of the church, a dome can be seen. The apse, a little further on, forms a half-dome. It is decorated with arcatures and lit by three windows. Above it stands a bell tower, which probably dates from the construction of the church.

7 Rue du Lavoir, Mainfonds, 16250 Val-des-Vignes
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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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Domaine Moreau & Fils

Direct sales of Pineau and Cognac but also cocktails, liqueurs elaborated in a natural way following the rules of a viticulture which respects the environment.
Visit of the domain (in french only) by reservation.

Chez Beillard 16250 Bécheresse
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Champagne-Vigny picnic area

In the middle of the village of Champagne-Vigny, on the town square, come and enjoy a relaxing break with your family in a green setting. This picnic area will guarantee you access to a table, a bench and a public toile
After your gourmet break, you can continue your walk by visiting the Maine Giraud, the wine estate of the poet Alfred de Vigny. You will be offered a tasting of his best pineau and cognac, as well as a free discovery of his museum dedicated to the poet.

Place du parking communal 16250 Champagne-Vigny
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