Saint-Jean-d'Angély : adorable little town with 8300 inhabitants and its rich heritage ( royal abbey, the abbey towers, big clock, aldermen, mansions... ), accompanied by the gentle shores Boutonne ( walk along the Boutonne and its gardens, walking trails and cycling, fishing...), located in the heart of the Pays des Vals de Saintonge in Charente Maritime: 40 minutes from the beach, 30 minutes from Cognac and Saintes, 35 minutes from Niort, 50 minutes from La Rochelle...
The city, built on the site of a Roman villa on the banks of the Boutonne was an important step on the road to Compostela (hence the construction of a royal abbey by Pepin of Aquitaine to receive the Head of Saint -Jean Baptist).
Royal Abbey : The abbey was founded in 817 by Pepin of Aquitaine to receive the Head of Saint John the Baptist. Repeatedly plundered and ravaged by the Vikings in the 9th century by the English during the Hundred Years War and then by the Protestants during the Wars of Religion, the abbey was rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries. It shows all the buildings where the Benedictine monks lived : dining guests seated Father, refectory, cells...
The two towers of the abbey: Unfinished Construction of the abbey started in 1741 by the Monks. The work dragged on for lack of money and the Revolution will put an end. From the towers, magnificent panorama of the city and its region. Historiated panels happy Saint- Jean d' Angely and legend Monk Felix.
Clock Tower : Built on the site of an old gate in the ramparts of the 12th century belfry of the aldermen, rebuilt around 1406, containing the sin ( the bell ) which set the rhythm of city life. The tower symbolizes the communal freedoms granted to the city in 1199 by a charter county. Traces many impacts, memory seats that the city has gone through.
The Museum of the Cordeliers Saint-Jean-d'Angély : It contains evoking memories shipments Citroën first car crossing the Sahara (1922), " Black Cruise" bequeathed by Louis Audouin - Dubreuil, Angérien of origne, one of two expedition leaders. Among many African objects is the " Silver Crescent " the first car that crossed the Sahara in 1922, classified MH. It also houses collections of decorative arts, religious sculptures, knives and European fire, regional furniture.
Aquatic Centre Atlantys : Open 7/7. Leisure pools - sports pools, fitness area, water slide 54 meters, saunas, steam room, whirlpool, wading pool, river and massage jets, diving, sun loungers and terrace.
The area of View along Boutonne, it offers walkers, as well as the sports family, green site with walking trails, picnic tables, its playgrounds along the Boutonne ( secured playground, football, basketball, volleyball, track rollers, skateboarding, fishing, playground for children, pedal boats, kayaks, mini golf ), golf health.
The Arboretum located at the water near the campsite, fun terminals present the varieties of trees.
Motocross championship races in France and the World (spring and fall).
Abbey Theatre: Theatre Festival in the courtyard of the abbey Angérien Royale. Every summer for three days, theater troupes have great authors heritage thus enhancing the wonderful part of the royal abbey.
Garden Scene: shows spread over 10 days in August. Every day, the gardens of private houses, mansions or castles, usually inaccessible, open and offer their unique environment for artists from diverse backgrounds for various shows: French songs, opera, music, poetry, theater , storytelling, clowns ...
ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND
Tours and bike trails ( along the Boutonne in the surrounding countryside from Loulay Tonnay Boutonne Saint -Hilaire -de -Villefranche... )
Romanesque church of Varaize ( 5 km Saint-Jean-d'Angély )
Garden of Pomona located in Saint -Denis -du -Pin ( 5 km Saint-Jean-d'Angély )
Recreation area Antezant Aachen (10 km Saint-Jean-d'Angély )
Church and lantern of the dead Fenioux (12 miles Saint-Jean-d'Angély )
Garden of Romanesque sculptures Lozay (15 miles Saint-Jean-d'Angély )
Saint -Savinien -sur -Charente, Small City of Character (16 miles Saint-Jean-d'Angély )
Miniature recreation area and Port of Saint -Savinien -sur -Charente (16 miles Saint-Jean-d'Angély )
National Treasures Lisette Archingeay (16 miles Saint-Jean-d'Angély )
Church and Roman remains of the mound Puyrolland panorama of the countryside (18 km from Saint-Jean-d'Angély )
Taillebourg view of the Charente and Castle (18 miles Saint-Jean-d'Angély )
Eglise Saint -Pierre d' Aulnay de Saintonge listed as UNESCO heritage, medieval garden and the remains of the temple (20 km from Saint-Jean-d'Angély )
Renaissance Château de Dampierre -sur -Boutonne (22 miles Saint-Jean-d'Angély )
Asinerie du Poitou donkey located in Dampierre -sur -Boutonne (25 miles Saint-Jean-d'Angély )
Romanesque churches and peace garden in Matha (20 miles Saint-Jean-d'Angély )
Carriage rides in Massac (30 miles Saint-Jean-d'Angély )