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Cognac is a city of Charente, a department in the Poitou-Charentes region of western France. The inhabitants of the city are called "Cognaçais". Cognac is situated on the river Charente between the towns of Angoulême and Saintes. The majority of the city was built on the left bank of the river, with the smallest area on the right bank, known as the Saint Jacques. The city is located on one of the pilgrimage routes to Saint Jacques de Compostela.

History of Cognac

Unknown before the ninth century, the city was fortified thereafter. During the Hundred Years War, the town changed sides several times due to fighting and treaties in the region. François I granted the town the right to trade salt along the river, which ensures solid commercial success, which in turn led to the development of the city as a center of wine and brandy later. The best eau-de-vie is known world of the peaceful countryside along the river Charente, one hundred and twenty kilometers north of Bordeaux. This slow moving river that King François I called the most beautiful river in his kingdom, through a peaceful landscape of vineyards bathed in bright light and radiant. An area called the "golden circle" of cognac production encompasses Cognac and has the second-largest city distillation Jarnac. Cognac, the medieval city which bears the name of the region is attractive with its narrow cobbled medieval streets and elegant Renaissance facades. It is here that the legendary nectar has been established since the 17th century and all the air we breathe is permeated by the heavy odor of liquor that evaporates from oak barrels placed in storage: this perfume is recognized under the name of "angels' share". Famous companies in the world as Camus, Hennessy, Martell, Otard, Prince Hubert de Polignac, Rémy Martin, Courvoisier, and Renault-Bisquit are located here, each distillery has its own secret and unique process to mix its different eaux-de- life. Take a tour to learn more about the double distillation process carried out in copper stills before the aging in oak barrels where the precious liquor will improve, taking its finale and the famous Golden glow . Take a barge or train and discover the history of cognac vineyards, distilleries and museums that will show you not only how it is made, but proudly the oldest reserve of cognacs dating back to 1830. So why not try!

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Entry Saint-Jacques and the castle François Ier

More informations about the places to visit in Cognac on the wikivoyage:Cognac and/or visit the Tourism Office of COGNAC
More informations about the History of Cognac on the wikipedia:Cognac ! or Further informations

What visit ?

The Castle
The Old Town
Arts Museum of Cognac
Church St Léger (XIIè)
Art and History Museum
Hall of Town
House of Lieutenance - (XVIè)
Place François 1er
Church St Martin
Map of Cognac


Free Internet/Wifi Access

Here are some places where you can get some Internet and/or Wifi Access:

  • Info 16 - BIJ - Adress: 53 rue d'Angoulême - Tel: 05 45 82 62 00
  • PIJ-ASERC - Adress: Cité de Crouin - Bât.S - Tel: 05 45 36 87 50
  • Bibliothèque Municipale - Adress: 10 rue Minage - Tel: 05 45 36 19 50

Nice & Cheap Places to Eat

  • Flunch - Adresse: ctre commer.AUCHAN- Tel: 05-45-35-11-94- le Fief du ROY-16100 CHATEAUBERNARD
  • Mc Donald's - Adresse : 95 av Victor Hugo - Tel : 05 45 32 47 00
  • 'Rest. Le Duguesclin - Adresse: 9, rue du 14 Juillet, -Tel- 06 10 20 30 19 < à 100 m de la place François 1er '>
  • 'Rest. La Courtine - Adresse: Parc François 1er-Tel- 05 45 82 34 78 < very close, along the river Charente in the nature '>


There are about 40 Couchsurfers who live in Cognac and some others in surrounds. Try communixate with their Page CouchSearch or let a post or a message on Groupe CS de Cognac ou le groupe CS de Poitou-Charentes (groupe régional)


Il y a quelques réunions CS A Cognac, cochez la case Groupe CS de Cognac ou le groupe CS de Poitou-Charentes (groupe régional) pour voir et être informés de ce qui se passe dans la région.

  • Organisateurs de réunions



How come to Cognac

  • In Car:

En venant de l'A10 Nord - E05 Sortie Saint-Jean d'Angély (37 km), à Saintes (29 km-N141) En venant de l'A10 Sud - E05 sortie Pons (23 km)

  • In Train:

Cognac gare (1 km), gare de Saintes (26 km), gare TGV à Angouiême (45 km)

  • In Plane:

Aéroport de:

La Rochelle-Laleu (106 km) - Tél. 33 (0) 5 46 42 30 26

Bordeaux-Mérignac (131 km] - Tel. 33 (0) 5 56 34 50 50

Angoulême-Champniers (52 km) - Tél. 33 (0) 5 45 69 88 09

Poitiers-Biard (138 km) - Tél. 33 (0) 5 49 30 04 40




  • Louveloss --- Adress :‎ 9, Rue du Puits Cautrin 17770 Saint Césaire Tel : 05 46 97 90 53


Since 1994, renowned artists and talent to meet tomorrow's picturesque "Cognac Blues Passions". At each corner, 6 days and 6 nights, the town of Cognac is alive with the magic of African Americans. "Cognac Blues Passions" ... rhythms as a big party with music and haunting powerful vibrations. With an exceptional artistic concepts often unique "Cognac Blues Passions" offers six days of pure emotion, discovery in an ever more eclectic and numerous each year. "Cognac Blues Passions" is a journey where the "Blue Note" by a strange mixture of alchemy to create a world without borders, age breathe a message of love and joy dedicated to all lovers of the devil's music .

Organized by the Avant-Scène de Cognac, this festival is nomadic pride to all street arts. Twenty companies offer all kinds of shows, dance, theater, street through the circus, music, strolling and facilities, and throughout the city.


Police Station: 17 et / ou 112

Urgence Santé: 15 et / ou 11


Clinique de Cognac (Arc en Ciel) - Adresse: 71 avAngoulême - 16100 Châteaubernard

Tél: .0 826 20 70 61

Fax: .05 45 36 45 26

Fireman Station: 18 et / ou 112


Services d'urgence Médecin: 15 et / ou 112 LOCAL MEDIA MENTIONS wikivoyage:Cognac INTERESTED LINKS Regional Group: Poitou-Charentes Local CS Group: Cognac