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Cognac, well known because of its delicious brandy, is situated along the beautiful River Charente located in the southwest of France. Even though Cognac’s main resource is its fine quality alcohol, there are also many other reasons why you should visit this town.
Cognac is steeped in history and boasts an array of medieval style buildings made of stone and timber; most are located along the streets of Rue Saulnier and also the nearby street of Rue de l'isle-d'Or. Visit the castle in which King Francois I was born way back in the 15 century.
To the left of the castle is the Hennessey Cognac Company, where you will be given a comprehensive guided tour. Alternatively there is a tour available taking you to the glassworks center in St Gobain, just 2kms to the south of the town if you would prefer this.
There are plenty of places to eat and drink to suit all budgets; the atmospheric La Bonne Goule serves up excellent Charentais specialities and is a popular choice with tourists.
Take a canal boat to Jarnac, and relax and unwind as you travel upstream. The late President Mitterrand's grave lies in Jarnac. Segonzac is the second closest town to Cognac and it is the capital of the famous 'Grande Champagne cru'. This town is a haven for various activities, and a good place to purchase Grande Champagne.
There is an airport located in Merignac (about 20kms from Bordeaux). From Bordeaux, take the freeway to exit 36 in Pons and the D732 from Pons to Cognac. By train, catch a high-speed TGV to Angouleme, and then change for a local train to Cognac (about 20 minutes).