Although technically not within the
Loire valley we have included this beautiful village
because it is easily accessed from Southern Touraine and
also because some of the official guides to this region
have 'adopted ' it as their own...it's not difficult to see why
- it is a photographer's dream of a place!
As they say a picture is worth a thousand words.
-l'Anglin with it’s striking ruined cliff-top castle is
widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful
villages of France (‘plus
beaux villages de France’
) and its medieval streets testify to
its rich historical past - it was the last stronghold of
the English in the hundred years war.
If you know where to
look there are some quiet secluded spots to fish or
relax and paint (the area attracts many artists) and
where you can slip into ‘relax mode’ with ease.
On the first Sunday of August there is a spectacular fireworks display with the castle and river as backdrops. The spectacle begins at 10.30pm and with a fete in the afternoon you can spend a very pleasant day here.
There is a nice
eating area in the centre of the village which is served
by a couple of good little restaurants - ideal for
coffees - plus there there are others in this charming
village offering a variety of eating options. There is
also a plethora of antique / brocante shops to wander
through or to just window shop.
enterprising English couple Nick and
Nadia have opened
a salon de thé (tearoom) called
No15 just over the bridge which is
proving popular with visitors.
They offer teas, coffees, sandwiches,
salads and ice cream and homemade
pastries in a very comfortable setting.
Open from 11.00am
The village has a programme of spring, summer and autumn events called 'Les Estaivals'
Medieval craft market on July 14
Firework show the first Sunday in August
Book Festival August 15
Sunday flea market on Heritage Day 21st September
Roc Aux Sorciers
Opened at Angles-sur-l'Anglin in the spring of
2008 is the Roc Aux Sorciers ( witches rock). This is
the site of prehistoric carvings dating from 14 000
years ago. They are said to be the most important
carvings of their type in Europe - three-dimensional
representations of animals, a kind of 'Lascaux of sculpture'.
The sculpture was discovered in 1950 but has been
inaccessible to the public in order to conserve it. Now
a replica has been made in order that everyone can
admire this important prehistoric art-work.
Worth a visit? You can judge for yourself !
This is a 'must see' village.
To get the most of the great views of
this charming village you should park in the parking
area of the 'higher village'. As you enter the village
on the D5 from Vicq sur Gartempe you take an immediate
right turn at the 'Bar Creperie l'Angles towards the
parking.. When you park head down to the bottom of the
field to take in the view. Pop into the tourist office
and pick up a map of the village walk and make your way
down to the 'lower village for more great shots.
Directions and time to Angles-sur-l'Anglin