What's on in the region. Check out our Facebook page Secret Sud Charente which we keep updated with local events. 

 

Our region is famous for its walking routes through vineyards, valleys and we are very close to the famous Camino walk which eventually finishes at Santiago de Compostelle in Northern Spain.

 

For the historians there are a wealth of chateaux, Bastide towns and churches. 

 

Our local tourist office here can give you information on walking and bicycle routes, local sites and the many spectacular events and evening markets during the summer. 

 

Bike hire can be organised with www.bikehiredirect.com who will deliver various sizes and models of bikes for your stay, the charges are very reasonable.

The River Dronne

River beaches, fishing, kayaking and water parks are available along the river. St Aulaye is pictured above, with a charming beach and restaurant beside, plus a pretty Bastide town to wander through afterwards.

At the delightful village of Aubeterre there also is kayaking, fishing and river swimming, as well as a good choice of restaurants.

 

For the children (big and small!), the adventure park at Poltrot is very popular. There are a number of theme parks towards Bordeaux.

Riding

There is a stables locally run by an Anglo French family that offer all levels of rides in English and French. See more here.

Wine tasting and tours

Wine affficianados are spoilt for choice. We are surrounded by several hundred vineyards where you can go tasting and buying wine. See here for those within cycling distance. We are only 40 minutes from St. Emilion the most famous wine area in the world. Private wine tours can be booked here. Bordeaux is just over an hour away with many more wine tours on offer and we are also within an hour of Cognac.

Sacred sites

The largest subterranean church in Europe is in Aubeterre and is a must see. Romanesque art abounds in the region. Here is a guide to those within cycling distance.