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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Charente

Cognac - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Charente

Renowned for its brandy, the city of Cognac is situated on both sides of the Charente river and benefits from a pleasant setting. Besides its famous speciality, Cognac has preserved a number of historic houses, buildings and monuments, such as the Valois castle, the Saint-Jacques gateway flanked by twin machicolated, round towers, and the Saint-Léger church built in the 12th century, evidence of its rich past.

The Château of Cognac, in which François I was born in 1494, has been home to the company Otard Cognacs since 1795. The Château is open to the public and offers such treasures as a Governor's Lodge, several Renaissance rooms, a Helmet Room and of course cellars full of Cognac.

Dedicated to the popular arts and traditions of the Cognac and the surrounding countryside, the Cognac museum, situated in the Dupuy d'Angeac mansion, also exhibits collections of ceramic, archaeology, decorative arts and fine art, such as paintings and sculptures.

The Arts of Cognac museum, housed in the Perrin de Boussac mansion, recounts the history of Cognac (the brandy) and explains its production process through an exhibition of objects and documents.

Several important Cognac houses are open to the public for brandy cellar visits and tastings.

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City Cognac must not only its international reputation to the product to which it gave its name François 1er and Jean Monnet took place there.

Cognac was a small village until the mid 10th century. The oldest known mention of this city (under the name Comniacum) date of 1030. Cognac rapidly becoming a major center of commercial activity Angoumois and Saintonge, with its river port, the traffic of sea salt, wine and eaux-de-vie.

Right Bank, the Saint Jacques is particularly active. Its church, its many shops and outdoor market Saturday morning, offering tourists a variety of services. A camper and a halt river stop are all unique perspectives on the river Charente.

Left Bank, the castle where King was born François 1st in 1494 dominates the imposing stature the Charente river. Going up the cobbled streets of Old Cognac visitors will discover the redeveloped downtown and embellished with the finest indoor market in the region inspired the halls of the 19th century by the architect Victor Baltard.

The city has long Cognac indebted to King Francis 1 of its economic development. By giving his "good city" with many privileges, François 1 launched the start of a flourishing trade in salt Cognac by the River Charente. In that time, then that which saw the development of trade in water spirits, remains a vast heritage called happy "old Cognac.

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Cognac Blues Passions

Detailed information

Cognac Festival
A festival to discover cognac to the sound of musicFrom 27 to 29 july 2023


Tours in Saint Jacques Cognac
Tours in Saint Jacques Cognac
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The Barge Lady Jeanne
The Barge Lady Jeanne
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Convent of Recollects at Cognac
Convent of Recollects at Cognac
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News discovered in countries Cognac
News discovered in countries Cognac
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Church of Saint-Léger
Church of Saint-Léger
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