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This historic city dates back to the ninth century. It is surrounded by vineyards in the province of Bordeaux and located in South West France. The town has an unrivalled reputation for producing the world's finest brandy. Liquors permitted to carry the label of Cognac can only be distilled in this town alone. Like so many visitors, you'll surely love viewing the distilleries where the famous spirits are made. There is also much more to admire in this unique destination. There is a well-preserved historic district with architecture from the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries. The city is also famous for its fine haute cuisine and has many first-class restaurants.

There are many places to stay in this beautiful location. If you'd like to experience the atmosphere of the city's heritage, there is a variety of accommodation in the central district. You'll find many luxury hotels offering a high level of hospitality. In the suburbs, there are also many charming bed-and-breakfast establishments, which you'll find particularly welcoming.

Neighbourhoods of Cognac

  • Vieux Cognac: The oldest neighbourhood is on the banks of the Charente, and it sits southeast of the city. There are many narrow passageways for you to explore. It features traditional cobblestone and carved stone gargoyles on many pre-Romanesque and gothic buildings. One of them has a stylised salamander, Francois I's heraldic device; he ruled France until 1547 and was an enthusiastic patron of the arts.
  • Quartier Saint-Jacques: This well-established neighbourhood lies west of the river. It's a busy area with fashionable boutiques and a large covered market. You can enjoy shopping for all kinds of goods, including chocolates, fruit and vegetables.
  • Faubourg Saint-Jacques: This is the most modern district and is located in the southwest part of the city. On the opposite side of the river, it sits facing the town's oldest neighbourhood just across the water. This part of the town began developing during the nineteenth century to keep up and accommodate the city's fast-growing population.

What to see and do in Cognac

  • Distilleries: Even if you're not fond of brandy, it's still great fun to visit a distillery. There are more than one hundred distilleries with fascinating visitor centres. You can learn about the history of distilling and even enjoy sampling some of the fine liqueurs.
  • Saint-Leger Church: This largely Romanesque church is in the oldest district and dates back to 1130. The interior is awe-inspiring with beautiful, ornate pillars and gothic arches.
  • Quai de la Charente: You can enjoy a pleasant stroll or two along the river here. The quay once played an essential role in transporting the city's brandy to other regions.

What to eat in Cognac

The city has many exclusive restaurants, primarily serving traditional fare. Ingredients often include shellfish, oysters, melons and seasonal vegetables. Famous dishes include:

  • La Mouchade: This delicious casserole of freshly caught mussels is flavoured with aniseed and often served with pasta and a leafy salad.
  • Pâté de Lapin: Rabbit pâté is a popular delicacy. It often includes some local brandy as one of the ingredients.
  • Figs with Goats' Cheese: There is a range of appetisers that you can start your meal with, but this is the most popular local favourite in most cafes and restaurants.

Typical events and festivals in Cognac

  • Cognac Blues Passion: There is an emphasis on jazz and blues during this festival at the town's public park. However, many other musical genres are often included. It's been an annual event since 1994 and takes place over five to six days in July.
  • Fete du Cognac: This annual event takes place at the end of July to celebrate the city's many local wines, spirits and gourmet cuisines.
  • Distillerie en Fete: During December, January and February, several distilleries participate in this event to celebrate the town's world-famous brandy. You can enjoy an array of fascinating workshops and guided tours.

How to move around in Cognac

Getting around Cognac is relatively easy, thanks to the excellent bus service. The town operates routes throughout the city, with several stops in each neighbourhood. Alternatively, you can rent a vehicle for better convenience. There are many car hire companies available.

The climate in Cognac

Cognac has a relatively mild and pleasant climate. The time of the year when most tourists visit the city is between May and September. The town experiences very little rainfall. The average summer temperature ranges between 18.9° and 26.8° C (62°–80° F). The winters bring an average temperature of 10.5° C (50.9° F).

Frequently asked questions about Hotels in Cognac

The most centrally located hotels in Cognac with the best ratings are: Hotel Heritage, Hotel Ibis Cognac and Hotel Hôtel Le Valois, Cognac Centre.

It depends on the category of the hotel. If you want to stay at a 4-star hotel in Cognac, the average price per night is 71 , while you will pay an average of 38 for a 3-star hotel, and in a more luxurious 5-star hotel, you"ll pay around 114 .

If you need a hotel with disabled access in Cognac, we recommend Hotel Yeuse, Hotel Ibis Cognac and Hotel Hôtel Le Valois, Cognac Centre.

According to our clients, if you´re travelling with children, the best hotels in Cognac are Hotel Hôtel La Résidence, Hotel Domaine Du Breuil and Hotel Yeuse.

If you want to save time, the hotels in Cognac with express check-in and check-out are Hotel Yeuse and Hotel Heritage.

Some of the options for hotels with non-smoking rooms in Cognac are Hotel Yeuse, Hotel Heritage and Hotel Ibis Cognac.

In Cognac, Hotel Ibis Cognac and Hotel Hôtel Le Valois, Cognac Centre offer 24-hour front desk service.

If you're bringing a vehicle, we recommend that you book a hotel with parking in Cognac, like Hotel Yeuse, Hotel Heritage or Hotel Ibis Cognac.

The best hotels with a pool in Cognac are Hotel Yeuse and Hotel Domaine Du Breuil.

The following hotels in Cognac have luggage storage: Hotel Yeuse and Hotel Hôtel La Résidence.