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South Charente

Next to the Perigord, Southern Charente welcomes you with its charming countryside.

The region is crossed by the St James of Compostella's Pilgrimage route, hence the remarkable norman churches with their finely sculpted facades. Notable are those of Plassac, Barret, Aubeterre, Chalais, Péreuil and Berneuil.

These medieval churches are renowned for their paintings : Berneuil, Blanzac, Cressac, Nonac and Poullignac. The hills protect these pleasant villages, amongst them Aubeterre, classed as one of the most beautiful in France.

This is a region given to dreamers, it seduced Alfred de Vigny at Le Maine Giraud where he composed part of his writing.

The Southern Charente has preserved numerous vestiges of its rich history, the castles in Montmoreau, Barbezieux and Chalais, market halls and manor houses...

To see : - Aignes et Puypéroux (the 11th and 12th century St Gilles abbey) - Aubeterre (rated amongst the most beautiful villages in France,guided visit to the underground monolithic church, guided visit of the village - St James church, convents, alleys, summer concerts "musical nights") - Barbezieux (15th century castle) - Blanzac (St Arthemy church with frescos - 12th to 19th century) - Chalais (guided visits of the Talleyrand-Perigord castle, church and cloisters) - Champagne Vigny (Le Maine Giraud, residence of Alfred de Vigny) - Cressac (temple chapel with 12th c frescos) - Montmoreau (St Denis church). Plassac Rouffiac (St Cybard church) - Saint Aulais La Chapelle (Conzac church)