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Insee code17347
AltitudeFrom 8 to 76 meters
Surface18.78 km²
Population8307 inhabitants
Density442 inhabitants/km²


National labelSaint-Julien-de-l'Escap at 4.8 km (6 min)
Chief townLa Rochelle (at 72 km, 60 min)Saint-Denis-du-Pin at 4.9 km (8 min)
DepartmentCharente-MaritimeLa Vergne at 5.5 km (7 min)
RegionPoitou-CharentesSearch another town


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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.
Detailed information
TransportTrain station of Saint Jean d'Angély
Information pointsTourist Office of Saint-Jean-d'Angély
Leisure centresMuseum of the Cordeliers
MonumentsAbbey Saint-Jean-Baptiste,   Fountain of the Pilori de Saint-Jean-d'Angély,   Private Mansion of Hausen,   Private Mansion of L'Échevinage,   Tower of L'Horloge


  • Market: Wednesday and Saturday morning.
  • Frequently Monthly: 3rd Saturday of the month.
  • 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 ...


  • 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 )


Overview: Abbey and Royal TowersOverview: Abbey and Royal Towers
Water PlanWater Plan
Clock TowerClock Tower
Royal AbbeyRoyal Abbey
Half-timbered houseHalf-timbered house
The towers of the abbeyThe towers of the abbey
Fountain PilloryFountain Pillory
Market: Wednesday and Saturday morningMarket: Wednesday and Saturday morning
Center Aquatic AtlantysCenter Aquatic Atlantys
Garden ScenesGarden Scenes
Championship of France and World MotocrossChampionship of France and World Motocross



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Indian restaurantPopsy´s  
Popsy's opens the doors of Indian cuisine in a setting where modern style blends seamlessly with traditional decor. You will find a clean India's colorful and warm atmosphere. Prepare...
Located in Saint-Jean-d'Angély17 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantRestaurant du Chateau Laléard  
JURISDICTION AND ELEGANCE - Restaurant Castle Laléard located in the small town of Saint-Hilaire-de-Villefranche, surprised by its magical setting. Old building dating from the sixteenth...
Located 11.1 km from Saint-Jean-d'Angély28 € per person 

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Farm with 4 bedroomsDUFOUR Martine et Jean-Marie    
A 6 km from St Jean d'Angely, in the chapel anteloop, discover an old house renovated to house Charente where 4 cottages await you. As you walk, you will see Roman art, the route of...
Located 5.9 km from Saint-Jean-d'Angély46 € the double room 
House with 2 bedroomsChez Phileric    
Traditional house in the heart of the countryside. Access to your room is independent and directly from the garden which gives the whole house. You have a vestibule, a small office...
Located 11.6 km from Saint-Jean-d'Angély90 € the double room 
House with 2 bedroomsLa Britanière    
Very careful welcome in this old farm nineteenth century Charentais tastefully renovated, located in a quiet hamlet. Two very spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated rooms have...
Located 14.2 km from Saint-Jean-d'Angély58 € the double room 

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House for 3 personsLe gite de Paul et Sylvie  
House near the Charente, very quiet, close to town center, comprising entrance hall, living room ate with kitchenette, toilet, shower room, conservatory and private garden, the stage...
Located 17.9 km from Saint-Jean-d'AngélyFrom 280 € to 360 € per week 
House for 2 personsLa Bughée Maison studio proche Surgéres  
The BughéeA small independent house opening onto a garden English. Terrace - barbecue, deck chairs. A Murphy bed for 2 persons, 1 living-fireplace, a shower room wc, 1 small kitchen...
Located 19.1 km from Saint-Jean-d'AngélyFrom 350 € to 500 € per week 
House for 6 personsGîte la chouette grange  
In the old barn, a cottage 6 people in comfort was constructed.
Located 19.2 km from Saint-Jean-d'AngélyFrom 440 € to 800 € per week 

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Couett'Hotel Saint Jean d'Angély - Hotel in Saint-Jean-d'AngélyCouett'Hotel Saint Jean d'Angély    
Located in Saint-Jean-d'Angely in southwestern France, the Couett'Hotel features an on-site bar and en suite rooms with free Wi-Fi. The A10 Motorway access is 1.2 km away and free public...
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Hôtel Restaurant de la Place - Hotel in Saint-Jean-d'AngélyHôtel Restaurant de la Place     
Hôtel Restaurant de la Place is located in Saint-Jean-d’Angély, a 20-minute drive from Saintes in the Poitou-Charentes region. The hotel offers free WiFi internet access and a terrace....
Located in Saint-Jean-d'AngélyRoom from 55 €
Abbaye Royale - Hotel in Saint-Jean-d'AngélyAbbaye Royale    
Hostel Abbaye Royale is a 17-century historic monument located in the heart of Saint Jean d'Angély. It features a large exterior courtyard. Each room is a former monk's living quarters...
Located in Saint-Jean-d'AngélyRoom from 42 €

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Hôtel Cordouan by Thalazur
Located in the seaside resort of Royan and directly connected to a thalassotherapy centre, each air-conditioned room at the Hôtel Cordouan features a private...
Marennes-Oléron Camping au bon air
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