Famous for its water spirits, Cognac is also a "City of Art and History" tour its river "Charente". It is a city ideally located 1h30 from Bordeaux and La Rochelle and 45 minutes from the Atlantic coast.
When you are told "Cognac" you immediately think the water spirits! Normal, that is it that the city owes its worldwide reputation!
Born in the seventeenth century, it is marketed by big trading houses from the eighteenth. The Charente river becomes a commercial artery where the boats cross abounding with water of life, stones, salt, etc. Throughout the year, trading houses and winegrowers make you discover the development of Cognac through animations and tour routes.
birthplace of Francis I, whose castle of birth visit (Maison Baron Otard) Cognac concentrates a history and a rich and varied heritage ... Romanesque church, private mansions of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, museums, park and garden, cooperage, etc.
But that would be ... Cognac without its river! "The most beautiful stream in the kingdom," in the words of Henry IV, has always contributed to the development of the city and the region. The Charente is now a must for sports and recreation (canoeing / kayaking, fishing, barge cruise, hiking). To discover its charm, nothing like renting a boat ... the river is navigable effect from Angoulême to Rochefort is 169km!