The Charente, crossed by the river Charente, is a very versatile region with countless fields of sunflowers, with historic towns such as Angoulême and Poitiers where you can visit many churches and cathedrals and also wander the small alleys in search of a nice restaurant. In addition, there are many hiking and biking trails and of course the rivers and lakes are excellent for canoeing.
A small selection of the many sights (our own top 3):
Angoulême (21 km)
A historic town with an old town centre surrounded by ramparts and also the capital of the comic strip of France. In addition, there is Saint-Pierre Cathedral from the 12th century, the comic strip museum and, in the former bishop's palace, the Museum of Fine Arts and Antiquity, where a display case of our "Castrum d'Andone" is also on display.
Chateau Rochefoucauld (20 km)
This castle, dating back to the 11th century, less than half an hour drive from « La Barre » is definitely worth a visit. Here you will get an extensive tour to discover all the rooms, the library, the chapel and the towers.
Cognac (46 km)
This village of course needs no further explanation. Let yourself be initiated into the secrets of France's most famous distillate in one of the many Cognac Houses. Don't forget to visit the village of Jarnac.
You can also go too:
- Aubeterre-sur-dronne (71 km), with its underground cave church (the largest in Europe)
- Bordeaux (138 km), capital of Gironde
- Les Bouchauds (21 km), Gallo Roman Theatre
- Chauvigny (107 km), medieval centre with castle
- Confolens (55 km), a medieval town
- Futuroscope (107km), step into the 4th dimension by tomorrow's technology
- Oradour sur glane (80km), ruined village 10 june 1944
- Périgueux (106 km), capital of Dordogne
- Poitiers (94 km), historic student town with the Notre-Dame-la-Grande and its many squares
- La Rochelle (137 km), one of the most beautiful coastal towns in France
- Verteuil-sur-Charente (23 km), with its castle of origin from 1080
- Villebois-Lavalette (48 km), a medieval fortress
This enumeration is far from complete, there is much more to do!