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A town of art and history, in the heart of the Roman Saintonge area, 40 km away from the campsite.


Capital of the Saintonge area

With over 2000 years of history, Saintes boasts an exceptional heritage and an intense cultural life.

Founded by the romans, ‘Mediolanum Santonum’, the Gallo-Roman capital of a French people known as ‘Les Santons’ built temples, an amphitheatre, an Arc de Triomphe and an aqueduct.

In the Middle Ages, Saintes was a prominent Christina town and a stage on the route to Saint-Jacques de Compostela.


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What to see and do in Saintes

  • The Abbaye aux Dames, founded in the 11th century and the first women’s convent in the Saintonge area
  • Saint-Pierre Cathedral, a significant monument of flamboyant Gothic art
  • The Saint-Eutrope 11th century Roman church, built by the Cluny monks around the tomb of Saint-Eutrope, the first bishop of Saintes
  • The Arch of Germanicus, built in 18-19 AD by Caius Julius Rufus
  • The archaeology museum with Roman remains, columns and capitals, as well as daily objects
  • The Roman amphitheatre (arènes de Saintes) the city’s most important site
  • The river banks
  • The famous classical music ‘Festival de Saintes’ in July in the Abbaye-aux-Dames. Over a period of 10 days, more than 12,000 music lovers attend the festival of baroque, Romantic and contemporary music


Book your stay near Saintes

5-star campsite Bois Soleil welcomes you for a short or long stay. Book your camping pitch or mobile home now at Saint-Georges-de-Didonne.
Contact the campsite by email ( or telephone (+33 (0)5 46 05 05 94) for further information and to find out about availability.


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