- Angoulême is a 19th-century city with a medieval heart preserved behind ramparts.
- Cognac is a small medieval town, best known for the famous brandy which bears its name. It was also birthplace of François 1 (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.