- 1 Angoulême – A 19th century city with a medieval heart preserved behind ramparts
- 2 Cognac – A small medieval town, best known for the famous brandy which bears its name. It was also birthplace of François I (1494-1547), a King of France and one of the main instigators of the renaissance in that country
The Charente is navigable from Angoulême to the sea. Boats can be rented without a license.