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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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  • Abbey of the Ladies of Saintes Recommended Recommended

    11 place de l’Abbaye F - 17100 Saintes

    Having previously sheltered young noblewomen, the abbey became a barracks. Disused and then rehabilitated, it is an abbey church in the Romanesque style of Saintonges, topped by a superb steeple and endowed with a fine portal delicately carved. A nav..

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  • Church of St Eutrope Interesting

    Rue St-Eutrope F - 17100 Saintes

    Originally composed of a single nave and two superimposed choirs (so pilgrims to Saint James could be welcomed while monastic services continued), the church was altered in 1803, but the transept and old Romanesque choir with magnificent illuminated ..

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  • Gallo-Roman Amphitheatre Interesting

    20 rue Lacurie F - 17100 Saintes

    The amphiteheatre owes a large part of its charm to the vegetation which has invaded the hillside tiers. This huge (126m x 102m) structure, created during the reign of Claudius in the early 1C, could accommodate around 15,000 spectators. From a crevi..

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Hotels Saintes

  • Souvenirs de Familles Three stars Three stars Three stars

    2 rue Jean Moulin F - 17100 Saintes

    Prix Prices from : 69 €

    Souvenirs de Familles is located in Saintes, 500 metres from Abbaye aux Dames. The hotel has a barbecue and views of the city, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Every room comes with a flat-screen TV. Rooms are fitted with a private bat..

  • Les Chambres de l'Abbaye

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

    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..

  • Brit Hotel Bleu Nuit Three stars Three stars Three stars

    1 Rue Pasteur F - 17100 Saintes

    Prix Prices from : 59 €

    This Brit Hotel is located in Saintes town centre, between Cognac and Rochefort. It offers soundproofed rooms, free Wi-Fi internet access and satellite TV. The Bleu Nuit provides free newspapers and includes a shared seating area with a piano, books..

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Restaurants Saintes

  • La Table de Marion Quite comfortable restaurant 

    10 place 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 place 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 place 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.

  • Le Parvis Very comfortable restaurant 

    12 quai de l'Yser F - 17100 Saintes

    This restaurant is in a pretty building on the River Charente, very close to the city centre. Pascal Yenk concocts flavoursome terroir dishes with ingredients bought at the market the same morning. Everything is homemade to our great delight! On su..

  • L'Adresse Quite comfortable restaurant 

    48 rue 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.

  • Le Relais du Bois St-Georges Very comfortable restaurant 

    132 cours Genet F - 17100 Saintes

    "Bistronomie" and gastronomy - the two trends meet on the menu of this restaurant, well known to local gourmets. The chef, who hails from the Vendée, has a sure hand and composes good dishes that follow the seasons. As for the backdrop, bay..

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