If you're planning a weekend at a Kyriad hotel in Saintes, explore the city through the lens of its rich historical heritage. Stroll to the 11th-century Saint-Eutrope Basilica before touring the Abbaye aux Dames or the unusual Saintes Cathedral. After a gourmet break in a downtown cafe, go from cuisine to history with a visit to the multiple Gallo-Roman ruins in Saintes. Wander among the stones of the Arch of Germanicus, the thermal baths of Saint-Saloine, or the Roman amphitheater, a particularly well-preserved example. A tour of the nearby archaeological museum will complete your exploration of the main sights during your stay.
Your stay in Saintes spans several days? Enjoy a week in Charente-Maritime to explore Saintonge. After a visit to the historic attractions, set out to explore Charente aboard a traditional gabarre, which is a typical barge, or embark on a modern cruise boat. Don’t quite have your sea legs? Check out the various exploration routes on foot, on horseback, or by bike, from vineyards to the Cognac de Migron Ecomuseum. Between tastings of culinary specialties at our Kyriad restaurants, fishing enthusiast can fish for pikeperch and common roach in nearby waterways.
To discover Saintes with the whole family, go to the tourism office to pick up a copy of the booklet for kids, designed as a police investigation. 12 km from the city, the Saint-Caesaire Paleosite will appeal to curious kids thanks to its interactive 3D park. The national Haras will satisfy animal lovers with its horses and Poitou donkeys. Want to extend your trip with a Kyriad hotel in La Rochelle
? Consider a stop at La Palmyre Zoo. Little daredevils can give it their all on the ropes course at Châteaubranche Aventure in Marennes, just 45 minutes from Saintes!