Montmoreau Montmoreau in South-Charente is situated right at the heart of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region with Bordeaux as its capital. This region is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean in the West and by the Pyrenees in the South.
South-Charente, also called “The Tuscany of France”, has lots of idyllic villages with their Roman churches, set in stunning hilly landscapes with beautiful manor houses and their vineyards.
Montmoreau, located on the pilgrimage route to Santiago di Compostella, is a centuries old French village situated in between the hills, woods and open fields of the South-Charente. Near the old 12th Century Roman church and the beautiful castle, you find all you could possibly need: a big supermarket, a medical centre, a train station to both Angoulême and Bordeaux, pharmacists, banks, butchers, bakers, restaurants, bars, hair salons, beauticians, etc. Wherever you walk, turn a corner and there is yet another unique view to be admired, a sunflower field seemingly stretching on endlessly, the golden brown colour of the bales of straw alternating with vast colourful vineyards.
At approximatively 15 minutes from Montmoreau, there are various charming villages with local
markets, brocantes, cosy café terraces and restaurants:
Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (one of France’s most beautiful villages!), a very charming village with an authentic town square lined with nice restaurants and typical French bars. Chalais with its castle and monastery as well as a much sought out market sprawling through the entire village on Mondays.
Chalais: le château et le cloître de la ville sont à visiter, ainsi que le marché très populaire qui s’étend à travers la ville entière le lundi.
Villebois Lavalette‘s lovely castle, church, and roofed market place stem from the Middle Ages.
Magnac-Lavalette: La Mercerie
Angoulême: (Charente’s capital)
If you want to escape the peace and tranquility of the French countryside for a few moments, a visit to Angoulême should definitely be on the top of your list. This world famous “Comic Book City” needs no introduction to the fans of the genre. Angoulême has everything: a modern shopping street, an authentic old city centre with many cosy restaurants, cafés and beautiful cultural sightings. Every year, a vintage street car race, the “Circuit des Remparts” takes place at the heart of the City.
Cognac: World famous because of the eponymous product which is made there. Offers plenty of interesting sights, as well as many Cognac houses to visit.