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Angouleme is a historic city in the Poitou-Charentes region of France, once an important center of the paper industry. The cause of many battles during the Middle Ages, Angouleme retains an impressive medieval center in a prominent setting on a bend of the Charente river. The ramparts and the cathedral are sightseeing highlights, but comic strip aficionados will be delighted to discover a museum devoted to the art form. Online accommodation specialist Venere has used its experience and expertise to find great Angouleme hotels to suit all preferences and budget ranges. Use our quick and easy reservation system to secure your Angouleme accommodation in advance and look forward to a hassle-free arrival in this evocative city.
What's Angouleme Like?
Angouleme's strategic location made it an important regional fortress city in medieval times. Its old quarter is fringed with imposing ramparts lined with broad boulevards, and dominated by the cathedral. The 12th-century edifice features an impressive domed roof and an ornate facade decorated with sculptures depicting the Ascension and the Last Judgement. Historic buildings around the center include the imposing 16th-century Hotel Saint-Simon, the neo-Classical Palace of Justice and the elegant 19th-century theater. The Centre Nationale de la Bande Dessinee is the grand title for an entertaining modern museum devoted to comic books, with exhibits ranging from 19th-century political cartoons to the adventures of Asterix. Angouleme hosts an annual international comic book festival every January. More traditional museums include a fine art collection, featuring local artists from the 17th to 19th centuries, and a museum of archaeology. Angouleme hotels offer an ideal base for exploring the rich heritage and attractive scenery of the region.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Angouleme
A French phrasebook will come in useful in Angouleme, a city that isn't featured on standard tourist itineraries. The lack of mass tourism means that the restaurants of Angouleme usually offer authentic local cuisine. The regional fare is distinctive, including several specialties such as the unusual black chicken of Barbezieux and the more familiar snails in garlic butter. The Charentes region is the heart of cognac country, but locals often prefer pineau, a blend of cognac and grape juice. Charentais melons feature prominently on menus as well. To help you narrow down our choice of Angouleme hotels to the one that best fits your needs, the Venere site offers candid and accurate ratings from previous guests. Photo galleries, sample room layouts, and an interactive map feature indicating the proximity of the main attractions, museums, and railway stations provide an informative impression of what to expect.
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