Cognac Travel Guide

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Cognac Things to Do

  • The harbour

    Cognac lies at the Charente river, and there already was a port in early medieval times. Mainly there was salt trade, and later also wine and Cognac were shipped. The time those goods are transported via boat are over, so today you find many pleasure boats in the harbour. It’s also home of the company Les canalous which rents housesboats.Also you...

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  • Maison de la Lieutenance

    In the street Rue Grande, you will find some half-timbered houses. In medieval times, this street used to be the main street of the town. One of the half-timbered houses that you will find here is the House of the Lieutenant, where the lieutenant-general Pierre Lacombe was living from 1603 to 1624. The house was reconstructed during that time,...

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  • Porte Saint-Jacques

    The town gate Saint-Jacques is part of the rampart that surrounded the town and was built in the early 13th century. The rampart had three gates, the porte Saint-Martin to the south, the port Angoumoisine to the east and the porte Saint-Jacques to the west. All except for the porte Saint-Jacques were destroyed. The gate is an impressive building...

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  • The castle & fountain

    The castle of Cognac exists since the 10th century but was rebuilt several times. It’s also called “Château des Valois”, after Jean de Valois who did rebuild the abandoned castle in 1450. The decline started in the 17th century and in the late 18th century, the castle became national property. It was sold to Otard and Dupuis, who used it as Cognac...

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  • Place Francois I

    The “Place Francois I” is named after Francis I, king of France. He was born in the town's castle in 1494. At the centre of the square, you find a state of the king on horseback. The statue was built in Paris and transported to Cognac by sea and river, and then was inaugurated in Cognac 1864.At the square, you also find the old “Hôtel de Londres”...

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  • Distillery Hennessy

    When in Cognac, you need of course visit a Cognac distillery. There are several in the town that offer guided tours, and Hennessy is one where you don’t need a reservation upfront. We had an English guided tour as we didn’t want to wait for the German tour later the day. You pay depending on what type of Cognac you want to taste afterwards, the...

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  • Market hall

    There’s a market hall near the church which was completed in 1871 and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 8 to 13. You here find all kind of vegetables, fruits, lots of cheese and butcher products. It was interesting to stroll over that market. As French seem to love bowels much more than we do, I saw several products that I rarely see at a German...

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  • Church Saint-Léger

    The Roman church Saint-Léger (i.e. Saint Leodegar of Poitiers) was built in in 1130. Its facade is typical for the Roman churches in that region, and is the oldest part of the church. The gothic rose window was added in the 15th century. After seeing that threepart portal, you would expect to see 3 naves, but there’s only one. There had been...

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  • The bowels of the distillery.

    Hundreds of vats, 1000`s of gallons of cognac. Each of these vats hold about 37,000 litres of maturing cognac befor it is put into barrels.

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  • A visit to the Otard distillery in...

    Here we are arriving at the distillery, full of enthusiasm.Cognac looks a very dirty place, in fact it's mould! yup, it's a fungus that permeates everything including the barrels containing the cognac. The story goes that once upon a time the villagers scrubbed it all off the walls but the cognac wasn't so good so they had to let it grow back. In...

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  • Touring the processing barns

    The smaller Cognac bottler is where to go to get a hands-on, up close, and personal look into the making of Cognac. If you walk or drive around the town of Cognac, you will find a small bottler. They are like Starbucks, one on every corner. Some even have rooms to rent out , right on the property. A true learning experience right from the owners....

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  • Taste the soul of Cognac

    This region is so full of hospitality and many of it's cognac houses offers tour and tastings of their finest.Personally I love visiting the ordinary farmer and see the production from start to end, but this requires an appointment ahead. However Remy Martin and Hennessy Cognac are taking visitors as they come. My advice is: first you have to find...

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  • Cognac tour and tasting

    When in Cognac you can do a tour of the Hennessy Cognac factory.It starts with a boat ride, then traces the history of Hennessy Cognac. You see some of the machinery used in production and best of all, it ends with a cognac tasting in their fancy bar.

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  • OTARD caves

    cognac story and historyOTARDHENNESY

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  • Hennesy cave

    just before the visitOTARDHENNESY

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Cognac Hotels

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Cognac Restaurants

  • The best cognac selection in town

    This place has a great selection of cognacs and is a good introduction to the world of spirits.It is a two story building in the heart of the city of Cognac.It's a brasserie, but I've been frequently visiting this place only for sitting in the bar tasting different cognacs. However I've tried the food once and it's also worth dining here compared...

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  • Great food with a view

    This restaurant is located in the hotel we stayed at (see hotel review).We had a delicious 3 course meal here and a great bottle of Bordeaux.It wasn't cheap, but worth it.Restaurant has a terrace with views over the valley

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  • Local produce.

    There are restaurants all over cognac, remember that like the Spanish they like to close in the afternoon and re-open in the evening. The menus were varied and the predominant flavour was locally produced and fresh, the best of everything. I saw this amazing ham slicing machine through the window of street side restaurant.

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Cognac Shopping

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  • Chocolate and more

    The shop of the Chocolaterie Letuffe in Cognac is one of three shops they have. The other ones are in Angoulême and Trois-Palis. Trois-Palis is also the place where you find the production of their chocolate & sugar products. You can visit that place and take a tour through the production which is very interesting (see my Trois-Palis page). Their...

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  • Cognac sales are everywhere.

    At each of the Cognac Estates there is a gift shop conveniently located right a the end of the tour and you will be offered samples before you get there. At Remy Martin bottles of Cognac were priced at 50 euros right up to 1300 euros and there are plenty of other goodies to tempt you too.After being driven around the estate with full commentary and...

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Cognac Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't visit too often!

    Well here i am in the bowels of the Otard distillery and these great vats contain the famous cognac, over 34,000 litres each.If you think i look happy here you should have seen me after the testing at the end of the tour.This is the home of some of the worlds greatest brandies, try not to visit them all in one day as there will be after tour...

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  • alcool ;-)

    ok, you visit the cave, you test a good , a very good cognac, and you have to take the road ...... take care !!

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Cognac Off The Beaten Path

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    Cobbled streets of Cognac. 1 more image

    by Steve-H Written Aug 9, 2010

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    Just wander around, Cognac isn't very big but for some reason there aree a lot of houses for sale here, why? who wouldn't want to live here? And then there's the famous annual Cognac Blues Festival.

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Cognac Favorites

  • A great start to any holiday.(2003)

    Although Ebeon is wonderfully isolated and I would surprised to see another page besides mine on VT it isn`t too far from some really great places like Cognac. Don`t forget Ebeon is in the heart of the countryside. Sunflowers, melons, maize and of course grapes are grown all over this region. Aged Otard Cognac, tons and tons of it, no wonder i...

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  • Look up, look around.

    This is a very old town, in the 10th century it was a modest little village until it started trading it's eaux-de-viw with the rest of the world.Take your time to look around, look up at the half-timbered houses, notice how small some of the doorways are, there is history all around you. Riding over the Pont Neuf on my gleaming '78 Triumph into...

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  • A Jewel in France

    The thing I remember most about Cognac is the site: Camping de Cognac. Where can you go and have the Charente flowing past your front door? The river abounds with fish and many wild life species visit the river. We fed the ducks, fish and swans every day. The many woderful people I met and their unconditional kindness to me, ready to help without...

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