Campsites in the Charente
In order to make your holiday a delightful one, remember to book your campsite. There are 34 campsites in Charente that are available throughout the department. Like the campsite Les Gorges du Chambon **** in Eymouthiers, Ile Madame *** in Jarnac or the campsite du Plan d'Eau **** in Saint-Yrieix-sur-Charente.
The essentials from Charente
Built on a rocky promontory, Angoulême is famous for being the capital of comics with its Centre National de la Bande Dessinée et de l'Image, not to be missed if you love comics. Also explore the walled upper town overlooking the river Charente, St Peter's Cathedral, the winding streets, the town hall and its pretty garden, and the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the painted walls.
Known for its brandy, Cognac is a charming town located on the river, where it is pleasant to stroll to discover the castle of Cognac, in which François I was born in 1494, the church of Saint-Léger which dates from the 12th century or the museum of the Arts of Cognac which exposes the history of the city.
The Renaissance-style castle of La Rochefoucauld is one of the most emblematic sites in the Charente. Built in the 11th century, it has been modified several times since. Discover this sumptuous building through the boudoir of Marguerite de Valois, the spiral staircase, the guard room or the gothic chapel.
Overlooking the river Dronne, the village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Its pretty amphitheatre-shaped houses are an instant attraction, as is its 12th century church carved into the rock, a real curiosity! In summer, you can enjoy the beach on the banks of the Dronne for swimming and canoeing.
Finally, if you're in the area, Verteuil-sur-Charente is a charming little village 38 kilometres from Angoulême. You won't regret stopping to admire its pretty watermill, its dominating castle and its church.