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Angoulême

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile

Our Editorial team's advice

'Engolisma' was built on a plateau overlooking Charente, and was the administrative centre of the region. As this is the French capital of cartoons, why not head out in search of the painted walls between the Hôtel de Ville (town hall) and Place Saint-Martial, and from Champs-de-Mars to the train station. Apart from the famous cartoon festival, a number of other events are held here over the course of the year, including Piano en Valois, Ludoland, and Gastronomade.
Make the most of your visit by exploring the old town, with its ramparts, narrow streets, and old buildings.

To see

The Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall), which will impress you with its remarkable size. Built in the 19th century in a Neo-Gothic style, this building incorporates the medieval towers of the castle of the counts of Angoulême. It once served as a prison and a barracks before being turned into a town hall.

The Cathedral of Saint-Pierre, a jewel of Romanesque art. It is the most prestigious monument in the city. The façade features 70 sculptures depicting the Last Judgement.

To do

Take a cruise on the Bélandre riverboat from Angoulême or go for a walk along the ramparts dating from the 4th century.

pros

  • +  The architecture
  • +  The festivals (comics, international jazz festival in June, tour of the ramparts, etc.)

cons

  • -  Lots of crowds during the comics festival; it will be difficult to get your favourite author's signature!

To think about

Visiting the 22 façades in Angoulême featuring paintings of comic book characters, including the 'Gaston et Prunelle' wall designed by Franquin on the Rue Hergé, the 'Titeuf' wall created by Zep on the Boulevard Pasteur, and the 'Jardin Extraordinaire' painted by Florence Cestac on the Rue Pierre Sémard.

To avoid

Travelling to Angoulême by car during the comics festival: it is very difficult to find a parking space!

To try

Cornuelles, triangular biscuits that are a speciality of Charente and Deux-Sèvres. These biscuits are traditionally eaten around Palm Sunday in the south-west of France.

To bring back

A bottle of Courvoisier cognac, known as the 'Cognac of Napoleon'. Napoleon visited the warehouses of Emmanuel Courvoisier in 1811 and even took several barrels with him to the island of St. Helena. Napoleon III then named Courvoisier cognac the "Official Supplier to the Imperial Court", testifying to the tie between the emperor and the brand, which became famous in part thanks to him.

Weather Angoulême

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Angoulême . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Angoulême so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Angoulême , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Overall rating 76/100
  • Temperature indicators 88% Optimal

    Maximim temperature between 22°C and 24°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.

  • Bad weather indicators 72% Light showers

    Light showers - averaging between 10.5mm and 17.5mm per week.

  • Sunbathing indicators 62% Good weather

    Mostly sunny (60% to 80% sunshine).

  • Wind indicators 72% Light wind

    Light winds (between 6mph and 12mph).

  • Humidity indicators 70% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.