The charming Cognac city in France

The charming Cognac city in France

Cognac city in France – Home of the Famous Brandy

Names like Courvoisier, Hennessy, Martell, and Reny Martin are synonymous with brandy, particularly with Cognac, a famous variety of brandy named after the town of the same name.

If you want to soak in some French culture and wander the streets of a beautiful old town, Cognac is the place to come.

Attractions Around Town

The compact town centre makes sightseeing an absolute joy in Cognac as you can easily visit the main sights within a short space of time.

The old town is the main attraction for tourists as this is where the medieval quarter is situated.

Narrow, cobbled streets are a feature here, as is a broad collection of buildings dating from the period between the 15th and 18th centuries.

Look for the many buildings that have sculptures of the salamander, as this was the symbol of Kin Francois I.

cognac public garden

There are churches in the Romanesque style, while right in the heart of the town is the attractive public garden of Cognac.

It’s an English-style public garden with attractive walkways, water features, a bell tower, and a monumental staircase.

cognac houses

Vineyards and Cognac Houses

Once you’ve seen the sights of the town, you can stop by one of the Cognac Houses to see how they distil the famous brandy.

The twice distilled spirit can only bear the name if produced in a certain way.

Visit one of the makers and learn more about this process.

cognac vineyards

Getting there

Cognac is only a small town, set inland and roughly halfway between the cities of La Rochelle and Bordeaux.

Both these cities have airports, while Bordeaux has significantly more flights than La Rochelle, where most of the flights come from the UK.

To Bordeaux, there are numerous opportunities to fly from across Europe, and even a direct flight from Montreal in Canada operates in the summer months through Air Transat.

Otherwise, airlines include British Airways, Air France, KLM, and Tunisair.

From Bordeaux Airport, the journey is about 130 kilometres (81 miles) by road and should take around an hour and a half if travelling by car.

A train is also a good option.

Festivals in Cognac

cognac blues passions festival

A couple of big festivals in Cognac are Cognac Blues Passions Festival and la Fête du Cognac.

Both are held in July.

Where to Stay – Hotel Tips

As Cognac is a small town, it has not so many hotels and accommodation options.

So if you want to stay for a few nights, it’s worth making your reservation early.

If you prefer to stay in luxury, an excellent 4-star hotel is in the centre of town.

The four-star rated Hotel Francois Premier has a natural continental feel.

It’s a 19th-century building with an indoor pool and a wellness centre.

For a lower budget, you can check out Ibis Cognac and B&B Maison Gaudin

Château de L’Yeuse

This hotel is 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.

Things to do in Cognac
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