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
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 na..
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 ..
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..
1 Place Bassompierre F - 17100 Saintes
Prix Prices from : 50 €
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
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 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..
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!
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 ..
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.
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.
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..
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..