For as long as man has known how to live, we have known that living near water is of the utmost importance. This is why in the fertile Vallée du Né, just a stone’s throw away from its spring, came the Coteaux du Blanzacais.
The town of Blanzac flourished in the 12th century, following the construction of the fortified castle by one of the branches of the La Rochefoucaut family. There are still parts of it left today.
Opposite the shaded village square, you’ll find the Église Collègiale St Arthémy, which was built in the same era. You’ll be in awe of the church’s beautiful facade, decorated with Middle Eastern-style columns, and its interior’s sculptures and wall paintings.
A little further along the hills of Blanzacais and on the Way of St. James, the Chapelle des Templiers, one of the last remnants of a Knights Templar site, also built in the 12th century, opens its doors to you to let you visit the restored frescoes which will take you back to Crusades.
This chapel is a treasure, located in a rustic and peaceful environment where you can picnic. Unless you want to go back down to the village to have a drink at the Café de la Gare or to have a bite at l’Arthémy, where you’ll find food made with local fresh ingredients, seasoned with a subtle blend of spices, served by a young and enthusiastic team.
After this break, head to Champagne Vigny and the Maine Giraud to visit the museum dedicated Alfred de Vigny, where he wrote some of his best works, finish off with a visit to the distillery on the estate to try a few of its products, in moderation, of course.
Why not plan an outing with Charente Montgolfières to fully take in the beautiful Charente countryside from the sky or to admire the churches in Cressac and Saint Léger?
Our rolling countryside and relaxed way of life in our beautiful corner of Charentes will keep you coming back for more…