The Art and History town of Saintes is built around a meander of the River Charente. It is a harmonious blend of prestigious remains of the ancient capital, gems of Romanesque art, elegant, classical facades and contemporary boldness. The river runs lazily through the leafy, tranquil countryside of the Saintonge region between Cognac and the estuary, bordered by little roads leading to ancient houses, châteaux and Romanesque churches whose steeples stand sentinel over the villages and vines.
Reasons for coming to Saintes :
Saintes is an Art and History town at the heart of the Saintonge Romane, a great place for heritage enthusiasts. It lies among the vineyards of Pineau and Cognac so is ideal for gourmet aficionados too ! Nature and river trip fans are not forgotten either with the River Charente, so come and enjoy the relaxing Saintonges way of life !
Essential things to see in Saintes :
A very rich heritage
The Gallo-Roman city
During the Gallic period, Saintes was home to a Gallic people called the Santons. Numerous remains from the Gallo-Roman era can still be seen in the town, including the amphitheatre, Roman walls, Arch of Germanicus and baths !