Pierres de Charentes

Discover the region of Charente

Moving to Charente, is the opportunity to have a good quality living environment, a rich social and cultural life, take time to enjoy the pleasures of an authentic natural environment and even to set up its own garden. Here, you will discover limestone walls with wisteria and climbing roses, and also valerian and hollyhocks, Virginia jasmine and honeysuckle, lime trees, fig trees and other greedy fruit trees ... and all of these close to Bordeaux or Paris!

Charente in numbers:

  • 351,000 inhabitants ‣ 59 / m2
  • 110,000 inhabitants in the Grand Angoulême area
  • 27,000 inhabitants in Cognac
  • nearly 2,000 hours of sunshine per year
  • more than 47,000 ha of vines in Charente
  • 404 Villages
  • 600 churches
  • 2,000 castles and gites
  • 368 m high: peak of Charente (Montrollet in Charente limousine)

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A little geography

Angoulême, the town center of Charente, is located 117km from Bordeaux, 111km from Poitiers, 83km from Perigueux, 103km from Limoges and 100km from the Atlantic Ocean. For fan of high-speed, the LGV line is under construction: in 2017 you will be at only 1h45 from Paris (now 2h05 by TGV) and 20 minutes from Bordeaux (today 1 hour). The department belongs geologically to the Aquitaine Basin; which has nearly 2000 hours of sunshine per year. We understand why nature is beautiful here! Angoulême is the capital of Charente and the two subprefectures are Cognac and Confolens.

... And history

In November 1789, the National Constituent Assembly adopted the national territorial subdivision into departments whose names arose from the geography and hydrography. The limits of Charente’s department were based on the layout of the small diocese of Angouleme, in which parts of large dioceses of Saintes, Poitiers, Limoges and Perigueux were annexed. This explains the plural nature of Charente’s landscapes. Our department has taken the name of the river that rises in Cheronnac, a few kilometers from the border with Haute-Vienne. The department, not at all uniform, is a plural land shaped by various influences around its "capital" Angouleme, which is heir of the old County Angoumois. A number of famous people have left their mark on this region : the counts Taillefer, Lusignan family, Valois family with François 1er and his sister Marguerite de Valois-Angoulême, literary men like Jean Louis Guez de Balzac, Alfred de Vigny, explorers like Andre Thevet ...

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