Things to see and do - Saintes
Unmissable tourist sites
Saintes Travel guide
Saintes : Michelin's recommendations
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.
Tourist attractions Saintes : Things to see and do
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.
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.
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..
114 Avenue Gambetta F - 17100 Saintes
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..
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..
1 Place Bassompierre F - 17100 Saintes
Located in the centre of Saintes, facing the River Charente and 87 metres from the Arc de Germanicus, this stylish hotel has individually decorated rooms. Each room at the Comptoir des Latitudes - Hôtel du Centre has free Wi-Fi access, a seating are..
132 cours Genet F - 17100 Saintes
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 ..
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.
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.
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!
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.