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Pons Town

Soaring 30 metres above Pons town square on its rocky outcrop, the 12th century Donjon provides an amazing platform to take in the panoramic views of the river valley and the surrounding countryside and to soak up the atmosphere of the wonderful Charente-Maritime.

Ideally situated at the heart of the Maritime Department, Pons is a perfect place to spend a few days visiting the historic Roman town of Saintes, the thermal springs of Jonzac and not least the internationally known producers of Cognac in and around the town of Cognac itself, only 25 minutes away. And as if that isn't enough, the beautiful Gironde estuary and its beaches are just 30 minutes away and the delights of Royan or La Rochelle are within an hour's drive.


With a selection of bars and restaurants, Pons offers a variety of activities during the summer months... walks through the medieval town, its walls and alleyways, or the surrounding countryside; canoeing on the river; a series of fairs and spectacles, open air swimming pool, or just relaxing and watching the world go by with a glass of wine....

The medieval city of Pons, the gateway between Aquitane and Poitou was strategically important during the 100 years' war. Today, the Donjon is all that remains of the original chateau, but myriads of small alleyways and stairways lead down to the river banks where there are still examples of the ancient commercial activities of weaving, tanning and fishing that served the local community and the pilgrims. An important stopping point on the 'pilgrims route' to Compostella, Pons boasts the beautiful Hopital des Pelerins which was adopted by UNESCO in 1998 as a world heritage site. Built in 1160 by Geoffroy III de Pons the hospital buildings and gardens open a window into the world of the pilgrim. The gardens, inspired by medieval medicine contain hundreds of plants used in treating all manner of ailments throughout the ages.