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CharenteCharente is a rural department in south west France, named after the Charente River which flows through its heart. The department was once the province of Angoumois and for a while united with England, Aquitaine and Normandy through the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine to Henry Plantagenet in 1133. Bordered by the departments of Vienne, Haute-Vienne, Dordogne, Charente-Maritime, and Deux-Sèvres, and very close to the Gironde, the department is easily accessible and sparsely populated. The architecture has accents of the South, the mellow stone buildings and shallow tiled roofs reflecting the mild, dry climate. 

Agriculture has always been important to Charente. This is reflected in the changing landscape of the department. The north east of the department is wilder, dominated by forest. The east is hilly, famous for its beef; while the west is flatter and famous for its vineyards. The south offers unspoilt rolling countryside, small market towns and Gallo-Roman villages. It has long been popular with British home-owners. The town of Cognac, in the west of the department, gives its name to the double distilled brandy that is Charente’s most famous export. Pineau des Charentes is also unique to the area, an aperitif wine blended from cognac and grape juice.

One of the symbols for the department is the snail, (the "cagouille") representing the relaxed attitude of the population.

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Prefecture - Angoulême

Places of Interest

Angoulême – historic walled city, cosmopolitan and vibrant
La Rochefoucauld – magnificent château
Aubeterre-sur-Dronne – historic listed village, riverside beach and leisure centre
Cognac – riverside, quais, distilleries and history
Jarnac - river tourism, cruiser hire. François Mitterand's birthplace and final resting place.

Charente Weather

Travelling to the Charente


Travelling to Charente by Ferry

French Terminal Caen St Malo Le havre Dieppe Cherbourg Roscoff Calais Dunkerque
Approx. journey time to Angoulême 4hr 40min 5hr 5hr 20min 5hr 40min 5hr 50min 6hr 20min 7hr 7hr 10min

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Nearest Airports:

Airport Poitiers Limoges Bordeaux La Rochelle
Approx. journey time to Angoulême 1hr 30min 1hr 30min 1hr 35min 1hr 55min 2hr 10min



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TGV Stations in Poitou-Charente:

Angoulême, La Rochelle, Niort, Poitiers, Ruffec, St Maixent, Surgères