Saintes Travel Guide

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  • River Charente from the town bridge
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    by Steve-H Written May 24, 2004

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    The amphitheatre, built in the reign of Claudius in AD40, it has a series of steps built into the sides of the valley and an embankment at the western end. This is the view eastwards towards the great stone entrance. The amphitheatre measures 126m x 102m and could hold about 15,000 spectators.
    There are evening shows `Sites en Scene` durin August.

    Roman amphitheatre
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    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

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Saintes Hotels

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  • Relais Du Bois Saint Georges

    Parc Atlantique, Cours Genet, Saintes, Poitou-Char

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Inter-Hotel Bosquet De Germanicus

    107 cours du Marechal Leclerc, Saintes, 17100, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Citotel des Messageries

    rue des Messageries, Saintes, 17100, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Saintes

    6, rue Dr Laennec, Parc Atlantique, Saintes, 17100, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Ibis Saintes

    1, Rue Cote de Beaute, Saintes, 17100, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Bleu Nuit

    1 Rue Pasteur, Saintes 17100

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel de l'Avenue

    114 Avenue Gambetta, Saintes, 17100, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Campanile Saintes

    Choose this hotel for its position close to the autoroute A10 when travelling back towards the ferry...

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  • Au Terminus

    2 Rue Jean Moulin, Esplanade De La Gare, Saintes,

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

Saintes Restaurants

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    by CDM7 Written Sep 2, 2014

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    After parking the car alongside the river by the town bridge (free parking after 7 pm) we decided on finding somewhere for an evening meal,and as this restaurant seemed very popular we thought it a good choice.
    Upon entering we were welcomed by a friendly member of staff who showed us to our table on the first floor.This is a large restaurant,nicely decorated,very clean and i was impressed how well the staff coped on this busy evening.All the staff were most helpful with the added bonus of some speaking English.

    Favorite Dish: Really enjoyed the lasagne with side salad followed by the floating islands - which is meringue floating on creme anglaise

    Floating Islands

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  • by frenchderek Updated Sep 15, 2010

    A small bistro run by owner-chef and his wife: two small rooms only. The decor is neat and under-stated, yet perfect. Just like the food. It's one of our favourite haunts - which I why I normally don't tell of it. But you need to book.

    There is a choice of menus, the same prices lunch and evening: from €15.00 to €30.00. Given the quality of the food and wine, this is exceptional value. There is a choice of meat and fish dishes (including a fish of the day), all well-sauced. But it's the vegetable accompaniments that make the dish. eg the rice is perfumed with cardamom (not over-whelmed), and the couscous delicately spiced as well; but so are the creamed carrots, the aubergine and, and, and ... The sweets here are no let-down either.

    If you don't book and can't get a table, don't blame me.

    Favorite Dish: Menu changes - see comments above.

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    • Music
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Arts and Culture

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    by marieveillon Written May 11, 2008

    Marie-Christine VEILLON has developped a new concept where FASHION matches with ART. Each new season, she invites a young talent enabling her customers to discover his work.

    What to buy: LOOKING for a special MAKE? ASK GOOGLE and immediately discover where in Saintes?

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    by Steve-H Written May 24, 2004

    Favorite thing: Saintes was an important place for the romans and they have left plenty of evidence of their stay here, the amphitheatre, the thermal bath and the Arch of Germanicus. The arch was built in 18-19ad at the entrance to a bridge, it served as a gate for the town on the great roman road from Lyon and bears an inscription to the emperor Tiberius and his nephews Germanicus and Drusus. The tablature carries the geneology of the donor, a local Saintes senator called Caius Julius Rufus.
    The arch was saved in 1843 by Prosper Merimee when the bridge was demolished and the arch had to be dismantled and rebuilt on the east bank.

    Arch of Gremanicus.
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    • Architecture
    • Archeology

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