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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Saint-Jean-d'Angély
Insee code17347
AltitudeFrom 8 to 76 meters
Surface18.78 km²
Population8307 inhabitants
Density442 inhabitants/km²


National labelSaint-Julien-de-l'Escap at 3.2 km
Chief townLa Rochelle (at 72 km, 60 min)Saint-Denis-du-Pin at 3.7 km
DepartmentCharente-MaritimeCourcelles at 3.9 km
RegionPoitou-CharentesSearch another town


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Saint-Jean-d'Angély: adorable little town with 8300 inhabitants and its rich heritage (abbey royal towers of the abbey, big clock, alderman, mansions ...), accompanied by the gentle shores of the Boutonne (walk along the Boutonne and its gardens, footpaths and cycling, fishing ...), situated in the heart of the Pays des Vals de Saintonge Charente Maritime: 40 minutes from the beach, 25 minutes from Saintes and Cognac, 35 minutes from Niort , 50 minutes from La Rochelle ...

The town, built on the site of a Roman villa on the shores of the Boutonne was an important step on the Camino de Santiago (hence the construction of a royal abbey of Aquitaine by Pepin to receive the head of St. Jean-Baptiste).


  • Royal Abbey: The abbey was founded in 817 by Pepin of Aquitaine to receive the head of John the Baptist. Many times looted and devastated 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 in which lived the Benedictine monks: guest room, living room of the abbot, refectory, cells ...
  • The two towers of the abbey: Construction of the unfinished abbey begun in 1741 by the Monks. The work dragged on for lack of money and the Revolution put an end to. From the towers, magnificent panorama of the city and its region. Historical panels that happy St. Jean d'Angely and the legend of the Monk Felix.
  • Clock Tower: Built on the site of an ancient gate of the ramparts of the 12th century belfry of the aldermen, rebuilt around 1406, containing the sin (the bell) that punctuates the city life. The tower symbolized the communal liberties granted to the city in 1199 by a common charter. Traces of many impacts, memory seats that the city had to endure.
  • Saint-Jean-d'Angély Museum: It contains the memories evoking shipments Citroën: first car crossing the Sahara (1922), "Cruise Black" left 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. We also discover collections of decorative arts, religious carvings, bladed weapons and firearms European regional furniture.
  • Aquatic Centre Atlantys: Open 7 / 7. Leisure pools - sports pool, fitness area, 54 meter water slide, saunas, steam room, whirlpool, wading pool, river and massage jets, diving, sun loungers and terrace.
  • The recreation area: the edge of a button, it offers walkers, family and the sports site with its green picnic tables, its playgrounds along the Boutonne (football, basketball, volleyball, track and roller skate, supervised children's pool (in summer), fishing, playground for children, pedal boats, kayaks, mini-golf).
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 ...


Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Maiden flight in a two-seat paramotorSports sensationsFrom 60 € to 100 €Usseau (25 km)

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



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Saturday 30 August
Min. 9°C - Max. 23°C
Sunday 31 August
Min. 13°C - Max. 25°C
Monday 1 September
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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'Angély56 € the double room 

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House for 3 personsLe gite de Paul et Sylvie   NEW
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 4 personsMaison de caractère ' La Diguinerie'
In a large wooded park in the heart of the vineyards of 'cognac' house of character and charm xvi th fully restored. Quality accommodation and furnished with care for a family holiday...
Located 18.2 km from Saint-Jean-d'AngélyFrom 900 € to 1450 € 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 

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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...
Located in Saint-Jean-d'AngélyRoom from 65 €
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 €
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 53 €

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Privilège L'Escale Marine
Located in La Rochelle, beside Port des Minimes, this residence offers an covered, heated pool and a well being centre with a fitness room. It is a 5-minute...
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