Standing on a rock high above the river Charente, Angouleme is an ancient city and capital of the district. The vibrant old quarter of the city centre has many shops, restaurants, bars and cafes.
Angouleme is know as the "Cartoon, , Capital" of France and is world renowned for its annual international comic strip festival and the national museum devoted to the art of the comic strip and caricature.
Around the city there are many buildings with specially commissioned murals (see my current favourite at the bottom of this page!). You can visit the Angouleme tourist office and pick up a guided walking-tour of the best.
The Octagonal early 12th cathedral has a richly carved facade depicting 75 figures, making it one of the most impressive in western France.
The best way to discover Angouleme is to walk the ramparts around the old part of the town, the views over the Charente plain are simply stunning.
Every year in mid-September Angouleme hosts one of the most important events for vintage car enthusiasts from all over France and abroad. The highlight is the Circuit des Remparts, a classic car race around the city walls. the festival lasts for 3 days and includes rallies and a concours d' elegance.