About Cognac Blues Passions Festival
Set in the charming town that spawned the eau-de-vie, this friendly festival has existed since 1994 in the heart of the city’s public gardens.
The 7-hectare gardens are a combination of the property of the hotel Otard de la Grange and the hotel Dupuy d’Angeac.
They are gorgeously designed by the landscape architect Edouard André.
More about the festival
Cognac Blues Passions is considered an ecologically sustainable festival, so volunteers spend the whole festival cleaning up and making sure the gardens remain pristine.
Waste is also sorted out in different bins while dry toilets are set up for your disposal.
The glasses at the festival are tracked with a small deposit.
You get your coin back any time you return the cup to the place you purchased your drink.
Cognac city is situated on both sides of the Charente river and is a graceful, historical place with many old sites such as the Valois castle, the Saint-Jacques gateway and the Saint-Léger church.
There’s also the Château of Cognac, home to the company Otard Cognacs since 1795.
The Château is open to the public for visits and tastings.
In the Perrin de Boussac mansion, the Arts of Cognac museum chronicles the history of the liqueur and its production process.
Where to Stay – Hotel Tips
As Cognac is a small town, it has not so many hotels and accommodation options.
So if you do want to stay for a few nights, it’s worth making your reservation early.
If you prefer to stay in luxury, there is an excellent 4-star hotel set right in the centre of town.
The four-star rated Hotel Francois Premier has a natural continental feel.
It’s a 19th-century building and has an indoor pool and a wellness centre.
2.5 km from Cognac centre, near the banks of the River Charente.
All guest rooms offer countryside views, and you can take advantage of the sauna, spa, outdoor swimming pool and Turkish bath.
There’s also hiking and cycling nearby, and a few kilometres down the road is the Cognac Golf Club.