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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

  • Dupuy-Mestreau Museum Interesting

    4 rue Monconseil

    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.

  • Church of St Eutrope Interesting

    Rue St-Eutrope

    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 ..

  • 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.

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Hotels Saintes

  • Brit Hotel Bleu Nuit

    1 Rue Pasteur F - 17100 Saintes

    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..

  • Souvenirs de Familles

    2 rue Jean Moulin F - 17100 Saintes

    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..

  • Citotel Hôtel des Messageries

    Rue Des Messageries F - 17100 Saintes

    This Citotel is located in the historic district of Saintes between Rochefort and Cognac. It offers soundproofed rooms with free Wi-Fi internet access. Guest rooms at the Hôtel Des Messageries are equipped with satellite TV and a private bathroom. A..

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Restaurants Saintes

  • 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..

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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 ..

  • 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.

  • 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!

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