Fun and educational sights in and around the village of Aubeterre, Charante, southern France
On this page you can find various places of interest in and around Aubeterre sur Dronne. We have listed all the fun activities to make your vacation easier.
Places of interest
The Charente is not the most mentioned French region, but there is much to see and do. Some examples:
Museum and gallerys/ateliers in Aubeterre
The history of the village can be seen in the small museum Ludovic Trarieux.
In the Tourist Office, at the very top of the village, there is not only a huge amount of information but also an art gallery that is open to the public.
There are four open workshops in the village, two (Xavier and Manon) of totally different ceramists and a shared workshop with different artists/craftsmen.
An art gallery that has been open to the public since 2018: www.facebook.com/galerie.chezMarguerite
Saint-Emilion (Gironde) is in the heart of the Bordeaux-wine region. A historical village to visit and offcourse the place to go if you want to take some great wines back home.
The village has the vastest monolithic church of Europe. You can visit the church every day in a self-guided tour (headphone). In former times the pilgrims, on their way to Santiago the Compostella, visited the village. Even today, pilgrims follow the route Saint Jacques the Compostella through Aubeterre.
The village, with its narrow winding picturesque streets, is build in the form of an amphitheatre, following the slope of the cretaceous bedrock underneath the surface of the village. Lots of Cretaceous fossils have, and can still be found, in this area. Aubeterre originates from ‘Alba-Terra’ which means as much as White Ground, and reflects the white Chalk-stone that most of the houses are build of. The village is listed as one of the 100 most beautiful villages of France. Out of a total of about 32.000 villages, this is not a bad score!
Saintes, as well as Bordeaux are beautiful ancient cities with remnants of the Roman age. Both cities worthwhile visiting.
The famous village of Cognac is not far away. By the way; a famous product of this region is the Pineau, a product that is linked to the production of cognac and a famous apperitive here.
Angoulême, three quarters of an hour’s drive from Aubeterre, is situated on a plateau and on the Charente river. The city of cartoon characters. They are present on the walls everywhere. Five museums and the art academy for illustration, video games and interactive media. A beautiful old town centre.
Bordeaux (Gironde), one and a half hour drive from Aubeterre. Part of the city (Port de la Lune) is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Bordeaux is famous for its wines and has so much more to offer (wine regions of Médoc, Graves, Sauternes, Entre-Deux-Mers and Saint Emilion): theatres, major events and music festivals.
A bit further away is Dune Pilat, on the Atlantic coast. Here you’ll find the highest dunes of Europe. Great place to go on a warm summers day sunbathing and swimming.
If you want to stay closer to Aubeterre, The river Dronne is the place where the locals swim. At different places there are small beaches, often with a little bar where you can buy something to eat and drink.
You can walk anywhere. There are plenty of hiking maps. Walking maps are available at the tourist office.