Angouleme town

Angouleme

One of those typical French cities, industrial on the outside but beautiful on the inside. Most roads lead around Angouleme. However, if you take one leading to the centre, and explore the hill top fortified old town you are in for a treat. Just a 25 minutes drive from Le Palais, Angouleme old town boasts a complete eclectic mix of venues. Fantastic choice of restaurants and cafes, an amazing market on a Saturday where stalls have developed little bars and seating areas where you can enjoy their wares sitting at a stool watching the world go by. Angouleme has cuisine for everyone and also by reputation the best chocolate shop outside of Paris! We agree!

Le Mans may be famous for its 24 hour car race but to the perhaps more discerning car enthusiast, the lesser known Angouleme ‘Circuit des Ramparts’ race draws crowds from all over the world. Always held on the third weekend in September. To qualify race cars must predate 1975. The race is held in the old town on the twisting cobbled streets, vintage Bugatti`s, Jags and Bentleys battle it out in a head to head race. In true French tradition the mornings practice is stopped for a proper 3 hour lunch and the racing starts apres midi as the Cognac flows!

Angouleme also boasts a fantastic golf course, Lake side sailing clubs, A world famous comic festival and a main line TGV station with links to Bordeaux in 30 minutes and Paris in 1.5 hours.