Angoulême

Perched on a hill above the Charente, Angoulême became the ‘Capital of Paper’ in the Middle Ages when dozens of mills lined the river. Today, it is internationally renowned as the ‘Capital of the Image’, especially comic strips or bandes dessinées (BD).

Angoulême’s annual festival attracts authors, illustrators and enthusiasts from all over the world, but comic strip fans can enjoy the Musée de la Bande Dessinée at any time of year. Opened in 2009 in an old wine warehouse beside the Charente, its unique collection includes 8,000 original drawings.

Explore four themed areas covering the history and techniques of the comic strip, with exhibits rotated three times a year. Enjoy temporary exhibitions and browse the extensive shop for your favourite characters.

You’ll find cartoon characters depicted in over 20 giant wall paintings on the sides of buildings all over town - pick up an annotated map from the Tourist Office. Even the street names are contained within speech bubbles!

And discover the town’s fascinating heritage on three themed walking tours. Stop off at the magnificent Romanesque cathedral of Saint-Peter; enjoy the eclectic collections of the town museum, and don’t miss the panoramic views from the ramparts, scene for the annual Angoulême Rampart Race for historic cars.

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