Aubeterre-sur-Drome is another of ‘the most beautiful villages in France’ and another one which is on the very edge of the Poitou-Charentes region. I would go so far as to say that it is really in essence the Dordogne, but on the map it is still within the department of Charente. This is a good thing because it is a delightful village, similar in a way to Angles-sur-Anglin in that it is built on the side of a cliff. This always helps in the beautiful stakes as you get some wonderful views and so long as what is constructed is of merit then it can but enhance the overall impression.
Aubeterre has a more southern feel to it, partly due to the almost Italian style balconies that many of the old houses have. As you would expect with lots of tourists visiting it has some interesting shops. The food and wine outlet (pictured) looked well worth investigating as did the gallery HannaLy- see their Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/BoutiqueHannaLy?filter=2
In the centre of the village is Le Place Trarieux named after Ludovic Trarieux who was born in the village and was the founder of the League of Human Rights, I wonder if his genes still pervade the present population and that is why there is such a sympathetic note in the church. If you want to know what I am on about have a look at my post Aubeterre: L’Eglise Saint-Jacques and all will be revealed.
The tiled roofs make for some very ‘southern feeling’ views and some excellent photographic opportunities but I have done a separate post on them because they are so good.
There is an excellent website created by the local tourist office. It’s in French but an English translation is also available at http://aubeterresurdronne.com/pages/fr.php
Also have a look at my other posts on Aubeterre