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Les arènes et l'église Saint-Eutrope à l'arrière, amphithéâtre romain.
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There is an atmosphere of the South in Saintes maybe due to the tiles covering the white houses or the plane trees? Unless it is due to the roman arenas (although it is now a bullfighting arena!) ? Its inhabitants like to perpetuate this illusion since they were called the Santons! It is nevertheless a lovable city with a pleasant city centre, a superb roman abbey, and roman it remains... It is hard to resist the appeal of the capital of the Saintonge region.

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Tourist attractions Saintes : Things to see and do

  • Fine Arts Museum: the Presidial Interesting

    2 r. Victor-Hugo F - 17100 Saintes

    Art from the Flemish and Dutch schools, the French 17C and 18C schools and Saintonges ceramics from the 14C to the 19C are on display.

  • Dupuy-Mestreau Museum Interesting

    4 r. Monconseil F - 17100 Saintes

    Local signs, an 18th century bedchamber with a «Duchess bed», a 19C kitchen, Louis XIV pannelling from the Château de Tonnay-Charente, maritime objects, local pottery, embroidered 18C clothes, a collection of beaded and sanded items.

  • Germanicus Arch Interesting

    pl. Bassompierre F - 17100 Saintes

    Until 1843, this double archway stood on the main bridge. Then the bridge, also of Roman origin, was demolished and the arch seemed to be facing the same fate. Fortunately Mérimée was keeping an eye on it. It was decided to dismantle this municipal a..

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Hotels Saintes

  • Hôtel de L'Avenue Two stars Two stars

    114 Avenue Gambetta F - 17100 Saintes

    Prix Prices from : 66 €

    This hotel is in the centre of Saintes just 500 metres from the train station. It offers individually decorated rooms and free Wi-Fi. Private on-site parking is available, at a surcharge. Rooms at Hôtel De L'avenue are equipped with a private bathro..

  • LOGIS Hôtel Restaurant Saveurs de l'Abbaye

    1, place Saint Pallais. F - 17100 SAINTES

  • Les Chambres de l'Abbaye

    L'Abbaye aux Dames - La Cité Musicale - 11 place de l'Abbaye F - 17100 Saintes

    Prix Prices from : 49 €

    Set in an historic building dating back to the 11th century, Les Chambres de l'Abbaye is a former convent with a garden, meeting facilities and free Wi-Fi throughout. The rooms at Les Chambres de l'Abbaye all feature stone walls and wooden floors. S..

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Restaurants Saintes

  • Le Parvis Very comfortable restaurant 

    12-12 bis quai de l'Yser F - 17100 Saintes

    Tandoori cod in pastry and pumpkin risotto, roast figs in salted butter... Fine dishes exemplifying this establishment's characterful cuisine, enjoyed in an equally charming townhouse setting.

  • L'Adresse Quite comfortable restaurant 

    48 r. St-Eutrope F - 17100 Saintes

    Market sourced produce and vegetables from local growers, and of course the skills of the chef: all these ingredients come together to create tasty fare. Modern decor and a relaxed atmosphere.

  • Relais du Bois St-Georges Restaurant within a Michelin recommended hotel (or restaurant) 

    132 cours Genet le Pinier F - 17100 Saintes

  • La Table de Marion Quite comfortable restaurant  A very good restaurant in its category

    10 pl. Blair F - 17100 Saintes

    Given the name, it may surprise diners to learn that the chef is male. He creates tasty refined cuisine that changes with market availability, distinguished by judicious creativity. Close to the River Charente, this is a handy place to know!

  • Saveurs de l'Abbaye Comfortable restaurant 

    1 pl. St-Pallais F - 17100 Saintes

    This restaurant is a stone's throw from the abbaye aux Dames. It is contemporary in style, both in terms of its refined yet warm decor, and its menu blending spice with regionality. For diners staying the night, the unpretentious and agreeable rooms ..

  • Clos des Cours Quite comfortable restaurant 

    2 pl. du Théâtre F - 17100 Saintes

    This restaurant with a contemporary decor is near the theatre and is a charming spot. It has a spacious terrace, ideal for lazing on summer days, and market sourced cuisine astutely blending flavours from here and there.

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