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Aigre - an attractive and unspoiled market town

The little town of Aigre is found amidst the softly picturesque countryside of the Charente department in western France, close to the famous town of Cognac. Aigre is typical of its area, attractive and unspoiled, and its weekly market is believed to be one of the best in the region. The town is an ideal place from which to explore Poitou-Charentes, as it lies within easy reach of all the major towns and attractions. The beautiful Atlantic coast is also accessible for day trips.

Well equipped town catering for all

Aigre is well equipped to cater for all your everyday needs, and has all the usual amenities and services with schools, doctors, banks, garages, shops and supermarkets. The traditional style market, which sets up every week in the main square, is excellent, and puts on a wonderful display of local produce such as cheeses, fish, oysters (in season) and, of course, cognac.

Wining and dining

Cognac is the local claim to fame, and Aigre has a long history of involvement in the production of this superb drink. Aigre also offers a number of delightful cafés and restaurants, where you can settle down to enjoy the excellent gastronomy for which the area is noted.

Enjoy sports and leisure activities in wonderful countryside

The Charente is a department that appears sleepy and rural on the surface, but where there is so much to see and do that you will never be bored. In and close to Aigre there are opportunities to take part in a wide variety of sports and leisure activities, with the gently rolling countryside being perfect for pursuits such as walking, cycling and horse-riding. The vineyards and sunflower fields make a glorious backdrop to any open air activity and can tempt even the most dedicated couch potato outdoors for at least a little gentle exercise.

Explore the mediaeval town of Cognac

Access to a car will allow you to really explore this lovely part of France. A trip to the town of Cognac is recommended, a stunning mediaeval town whose cobbled streets and elegant Renaissance houses will have you reaching for your camera. Here too you can visit the cognac distilleries to learn about the process by which this famous brandy type drink is made, and where you can buy a bottle to help you remember the experience.

Visit Angoulême and vibrant La Rochelle

The large town of Angoulême is packed with things to do, and is ideal for indulging in a little retail therapy too. Heading for the coast is another option, where you can find the vibrant harbour town of La Rochelle which will never disappoint.

How to get there

If you want to travel by air to the Charente, the airports of Poitiers and Limoges are within easy reach and both are served by budget airline Ryanair. The super fast TGV train will take you straight to Angoulême from Paris, or you can drive to Aigre which lies not far off the N10.

Property prices and availability in and around Aigre

Prices in the area are a bit of a mixed bag, with certain areas becoming fairly pricey due to Parisians seeking second homes in the peaceful Charente countryside. However, there is plenty of bargain property too, especially in and around little towns such as Aigre, which also have a good number of renovation properties still available.

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Aigre is situated in the west of France, slightly to the north-west of the centre of the Charente department.

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Population: 1,141

Access: By air: Fly to Poitiers or Limoges. By rail: The TGV runs to Angoulême. By road: The town is approached by various roads including the D739 and D736, with the N10 route national being the nearest fast road.

Economy: The economy of Aigre is based on agriculture and local produce. The town has a thriving general market.

Interesting fact: Aigre is said to have one of the best weekly markets in the region.


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