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Lose yourself in the cobbled streets of historic Angouleme in southwest France. This ancient fortified city overlooks the Charente river near Cognac and boasts wonderful museums and galleries.
Angouleme also hosts major arts festivals throughout the year and is known as France’s comic strip capital thanks to its annual cartoon festival.
Summer is peak season in Angouleme with temperatures reaching 28°C, and the city very busy between May and August.
Spring and autumn are good times to visit, with fewer tourists and mild weather.
Winter is quiet, but Angouleme’s week-long comic festival takes place in January each year and attracts thousands of visitors. Other big events include a French language film festival in August and a classic car event, with races round the city’s medieval ramparts, in September.
If you want to visit Angouleme during one of the festival weeks or in high summer it pays to book ahead. But whenever your trip Expedia can help find the best flights to Angouleme.
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Bordeaux–Merignac Airport is the nearest major airport to Angouleme. It is one of France’s busiest regional airports and handles more than 6 million passengers a year. It has good road and rail connections. It has plenty of shopping dining and car hire options.
There are some flights to and from UK destinations from other airports. including Poitiers–Biard, Limoges–Bellegarde and Bergerac Dordogne Perigord.
Among the airlines flying to Angouleme are:
Angouleme is a 90-minute drive from Bordeaux–Merignac Airport and is a similar distance from other nearby airports. The city is also on the TGV Atlantique train route which runs from Paris to Bordeaux and the southwest.
The city has a good bus system and there is a cycle hire system in the centre, which includes electric bikes.
Angouleme’s cartoon festival in January is huge, but if you can’t make it drop in at the comic strip museum, Musee de la Bande Dessinee. It is thought to be the largest in the world with a collection of 8,000 original drawings and more than 110,000 books and magazines.
The city’s medieval ramparts date back to the fifth century and in September each year there is a classic car race around the old city. If you miss the Circuit des Remparts competition itself you can still walk the ramparts, which boast wonderful views of the countryside below.
Angouleme has many wonderful buildings, but the Town Hall is particularly impressive. It dates back to 1868 and was designed by Paul Abadie, who also built the Sacre-Coeur in Paris.
Angouleme’s association with comics and cartoons extends across the city, so be sure to look for the many impressive murals and trompe l’oeil which adorn many buildings