After cycling on the newly minted Le Flow Velo for the day recently, we ended up in Saintes. So here are 7 things to do in Saintes, a beautiful, quiet town on the banks of the Charente.

Saintes is well worth spending some time in. Here are some suggestions of what to do/see whilst you’re there…

Stay in the peace and quiet of an old nun’s cell at the (very) cycle-friendly Abbaye des Dames.


Eat your well earned dinner at Les Saveurs de l’Abbaye


Learn about the history of the Abbey des Dames and its bell tower on an (interesting, I promise) audio tour.


Take a selfie next to the Roman Arch – Arcus Germanicus.


Visit the Roman Amphitheatre.

Wander round the narrow pedestrianised streets of the Quartier de St Pierre.

Buy your next day’s lunch at the Marché de St Pierre (Wednesday and Saturday).


I hope you’ve enjoyed these suggestions of 7 things to do in Saintes!

If you have any questions on cycling in Charente Maritime, please ask me here!

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