Cognac is a 40 minute drive from Le Tâtre.
An historic medieval town, Cognac is situated on the river Charente between the towns of Angoulême and Saintes. The majority of the town has been built on the river's left bank, with the smaller right bank area known as the Saint Jacques district. The town is situated on one of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela.
The famous Cognac houses of the Charente offer guided tours and tastings at any of the distilleries, Otard, Remy Martin, Martell, to name but a few.
Cognac is the birthplace of Francois 1st King of France and the castle where he was born is now the Otard distillery. An international jazz festival takes place each June.
Unknown prior to the 9th-century, the town was subsequently fortified. During the Hundred Years' War, the town changed sides on several occasions as the result of fighting and treaties in the region.
Francis I granted the town the right to trade salt along the river, guaranteeing strong commercial success, which in turn led to the town's development as a centre of wine and later brandy.
The is a great Blues festival every year in July called Blues Passions.
The line-up is not yet confirmed for 2016 but, in 2015, it included Lenny Kravitz, Katie Melua, Otis Clay and The Ting Tings.
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