Saint-Jean-d’Angely is the cultural centre of the Charente-Maritime department on the western coast of France. Surrounded by the beautiful countryside of western France, Saint-Jean-d’Angely has a delightfully preserved pedestrianised centre revolving around timber-framed houses, picturesque squares and stately homes.
Renting a self catering Saint-Jean-d’Angely property is a guaranteed way to relax whilst on holiday. The leafy streets and open, sunny squares provide endless opportunities to sit and soak up the atmosphere at one of Saint-Jean-d’Angely’s famous pavement cafes, which fill the streets and river banks with the sounds of jazz, Country and Western and Latino music during the long, warm, summer evenings.
Every Wednesday and Saturday morning, the town becomes a hive of activity as the weekly market rolls into town. Stalls become a frenzy of shopping as local produce flies off the shelves, and there is increased activity in the many antique and bric-a-brac shops which can be found throughout the town.
The Royal Abbey of Saint-Jean-d’Angely is one of the largest single attractions in the town. The Royal Abbey and the European Cultural Centre Santiago de Compostella which it houses are both French National Historic Monuments and a UNESCO world Heritage Centre. The Saint-Jean-d’Angely cultural centre offers a brilliantly interesting way to history, culture and development of the ‘European culture’.
The River Boutonne which flows through the town is a wonderful place to spend a day during your stay in Saint-Jean-d’Angely. Walking down the poplar lined towpaths or canoeing lazily down the river are delightful options, or fishermen can happily relax in the sun with a rod in the water, watching for pike, carp and sander. The Saint-Jean-d’Angely canoe club is the towns leading authority on all things Boutonne, who even organise evening barbeques throughout the summer months. There is also a leisure lake in Saint-Jean-d’Angely, designed with many attractions for children, and the adjacent Atlantys Indoor Centre has swimming pools, gyms and water slides for your enjoyment.
The beaches of the Charente-Maritime coastline are never far from a property in Saint-Jean-d’Angely. Within a short drive are the delightful town beaches of La Rochelle, which is a favourite destination for sailors staying in the region due to the excellently designed marina. There are also plenty of places of interest to visit in La Rochelle, from the fashion boutiques of the centre to the lively market place.
The weather in Saint-Jean-d’Angely is blissfully mild. Even in summer, average temperatures are around 22˚C, perfect for relaxing in the shaded squares or on the river bank, without a care in the world. In winter, the Saint-Jean-d’Angely Cultural centre does a roaring trade, as average temperatures remain a very mild 6˚C, with relatively little rainfall.
La Rochelle Airport (LRH) is located just 55km from a holiday property in Saint-Jean-d’Angely. Luckily for British tourists, Flybe and Ryanair both provide direct services from the UK, making a Saint-Jean-d’Angely property very easily reached.