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The bustling capital city of the Charente department, Angouleme is located in southwestern France. The town is well-known for animation, illustrations and graphic arts, as well as captivating architecture that displays the charms of the past. With a good mix of the modern art and old world beauty, Angouleme appeals to a wide range of tourists from all around the world.
The city is surrounded by lovely boulevards and old walls, offering scenic views of the surrounding areas. Walking along narrow, cobbled streets visitors will find themselves facing one of the most magnificent churches in the region, the cathedral of St Pierre, which was built in the Byzantine-Romanesque style in the 11th to 12th centuries.
Another notable attraction is the Town Hall, which boasts a modern structure and two towers that belonged to the chateau of the counts of Angouleme. The old town features a lovely cobbled restaurant quarter and several galleries. Tourists can also do some shopping at the many boutiques that are scattered around in the area.
If time permits, visit the market Les Halles, located on the site of an old jail where you can check out the lifestyle of the locals and look for souvenirs to bring home. Those into art and comics cannot miss the Musee de la Bande Dessine, which displays an impressive collection of comic strips, while the International Comics Festival takes place here every January.
The transportation in the city is quite good. There are buses that run across the city regularly. However, having your own rental car is a great way to explore the city and its neighbouring areas at your own convenience. Your best bet is to arrange a car rental before you depart. We offer inexpensive car hire from Angouleme which can be conveniently booked online.