Highlights of Cognac
The Cognac wine region is tied to a wonderful section of the Atlantic Coast. Beaches, sand dunes covered in pine trees, neat vineyards, cognac distilleries, gentle cropping land, forests, plus prosperous towns and cities like Cognac, Saintes, Royan and Angouleme, make it an interesting area to explore
Along the coast you will find clusters of fishing huts, Carrelets. These ingenious structures are designed to cope with the huge local tides( approximately 3 metres), plus the rages of the Atlantic storms. The nets are lowered into the sea and lifted by means of a hand winch. The catch can vary from a few crabs to sardines and other small fish.
The beaches range from safe family bathing to wild surf for adventure seekers. Caution - on a number of beaches tidal rips exist at high tide. Swimming is fine from May to October, however wetsuits help!
Fa Musée et Site
Located at Barzan is the site of the largest known Roman temple in Gaul. A very professional excavation with a wonderful display and model.
Take the D145 from Lorignac and visit various “ports”, yacht clubs and fishing villages, Fa Roman ruins, Talmont cliff edge Romanesque church, the Grottes de Régulus cliff cave dwellings at Meschers-sur-Gironde, Royan with markets, new town centre, beaches at Saint-Palais-sur-Mer and back on the D730 – a full day tour!
This large semi-permanent market operates every day other than Mondays.The range of fresh produce and prepared food is huge. Sunday is a special day but be sure to be early - stalls close from 12.30 pm onwards.
Saintes, capital of the old department of Saintonge
Saintes is a city on the banks of the Charente and steeped in history. First established by Emperor Augustus in the first century, it has an amphitheatre and a major Roman road.It was the Gallo-Roman capital of Aquitaine and later a centre of Christendom. Today the town features a wide variety of shopping outlets, bars, restaurants, and boutiques.