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Cognac Office de tourisme
16 rue du 14 juillet Cognac
16100

Tel:+33 (0)5 45 82 10 71
Fax:+33 (0)5 45 82 34 47

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Cognac is a prosperous town with medieval alleyways that fan out from a delightful riverside quarter.  Here you'll find the largest concentration of chais or wine cellars where fine brandy or Cognac is matured. 

It's not hard to spot these world famous chais as their walls are covered with fungi that thrives on the alcohol fumes given off during the maturing process.  There are many Cognac houses to visit including Cognac Otard or Hennessy Cognac which keeps 180,000 barrels in stock. Here (and in most distilleries) you'll discover the fine art of Cognac making and the secret of blending.

There are also plenty of additional sights including the Ancien Chateau - a 15th-16th-century chateau (now home to Cognac Otard) where the Valois clan lived and where Francois I was born.  You may also want to head out of town to discover places such as Gensac-la Pallue situated on the pallue or marshland with its 12th-century Romanesque church.

What to See - Cognac Attractions

Base Nautique Eric Tabarly
Plan d'eau de la Grande Pairie, Angouleme 16007
free concerts and activities take place on the 25ha lake which is also given over to sailing activities and the fireworks display on the 14th July
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Closed late Nov-Mar | Tel: +33 (0)5 45 68 42 46

Hotel St-Simon-FRAC
R des Postes, Angouleme 16007
a centre of contemporary art for the surrounding region
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily except Mon & Sun | Tel: +33 (0)5 45 92 87 01

Remy Martin
W of Cognac towards Pons, 16100
take a miniature train through the vineyards of Remy Martin which makes cognac from the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne vintages
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily but reserve tours in adv | Tel: +33 (0)5 45 35 76 66

Camus
29 rue Marguerite-de-Navarre, Cognac 16100
focuses on the history of cognac, ageing and blending
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)5 45 32 28 28

Martell Cognac
place Edouard Martell, Cognac 16100
offer educational tours of the wine cellars and Cognac production
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jun-Sep:daily; Oct-May:w/days not Fri pms | Tel: +33 (0)5 45 36 33 33

Musee du Papier 'le Nil'
rue de Bordeaux, Angouleme 16007
former paper mill dedicated to making cigarette papers provides an interesting insight into the industry that made the region so prosperous in the 18th-century
| Opening Times: Daily except Mon pms; Jul-Aug: 14h00 - 18h30 | Tel: +33 (0)5 45 92 73 43

Hennessy Cognac house
8 rue Richonne, Cognac 16100
for guided tours, a film and boat trip to visit the cellars
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)5 45 35 72 68

Jardin Public
blvd Denfert Rochereau, Cognac 16100
a lovely public park with small zoo and deer

Musee de Cognac
48 blvd Denfert Rochereau, Cognac 16100
from fine art to local customs and traditions to you guessed it Cognac production!
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)5 45 32 07 25

Centre National de la Bande Dessinee et de L'image
121 rue de Bordeaux, Angouleme 16007
the world's largest collection of film cartoons and comic strips
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Sun (w/ends pms only) | Tel: +33 (0)4 5 45 38 65 65

Cognac Otard
Chateau de Cognac, Cognac 16100
visit the ancien chateau and wine stores of Cognac Otard
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Oct:daily; Nov-Dec:Mon-Fri | Tel: +33 (0)5 45 36 88 86