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
Rue Bernard F - 17100 Saintes
This 16C hospital is surrounded by flower-filled gardens overlooking the old quarter.
rue Clemenceau F - 17100 Saintes
The masive bell-tower and Flamboyant portal distinguish the exterior of this Church, most of which was built in the 15C. The interior displays Gothic unity and simple, streamlined ornamention.
place de l'Échevinage F - 17100 Saintes
This old aldermanry has an 18C façade and a small 16C turret. The spiral staircase of the old belfry takes you to the Aldermanry Fine Arts Museum.
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..
L'Abbaye aux Dames - La Cité Musicale - 11 place de l'Abbaye F - 17100 Saintes
Prix Prices from : 37 €
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..
114 Avenue Gambetta F - 17100 Saintes
Prix Prices from : 56 €
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..
1 pl. St Palais 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 ..
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.
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.
132 cours Genet F - 17100 Saintes
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!
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.