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West of France

Find yourself spellbound on the shimmering Charente River

A river of incredibly clear water lined with pines, vineyards and meadows, the Charente is amongst the prettiest waterways for canal boat holidays in France! Long known for its cognac, gracious châteaux and friendly people, the valley opens its arms to you, inviting you to savour a leisurely journey on a river that looks as beautiful as it did many centuries ago.
Great for... 
  • Cognac distilleries
  • Michelin-starred restaurants
  • Roman ruins
  • Peaceful countryside
  • Historic towns and pretty villages

Region highlights about Charente

Top 10 secret gems Charente
Cognac’s Château de Cognac
St. Savinien’s wine festival
Archaeology Museum in Saintes
St. Simon’s Maison des Gabariers
Trois-Palis chocolates
St. Pierre Cathedral in Angoulême
Rochefort’s maritime museum
Crazanne’s château
Chanier’s water mill
Jarnac’s cognac tour.

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If you like the look of Charente, why not explore neighbouring destinations like Brittany or Lot River.

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