Gites de Cognac
is the capital of the premier cognac grape growing region and was
recently designated the first "Citta Slow" town in France,
in recognition of its relaxed life style.
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has all the amenities of a big modern town with large supermarkets
etc, but keeps very much in touch with its distinguished heritage
and long time association with the cognac industry.
The whole area has a strong cultural tradition and hosts many music festivals, concerts and art exhibitions etc. One of the major annual cultural events is the famous Cognac Blues Passion week .
Jarnac, some 12 kilometres away is famous as the homes of Courvoisier, (the cognac of Napoleon), and Hine, and the museum of Francois Mitterand. The Charente river passes through Jarnac and you can take a leisurely trip down the river or hire canoes.
Jarnac also has horse race meetings several times a year.
The coast is about
an hour's drive away. The long sands of St Georges de Didonne are
unspoilt and particularly attractive. You should also visit Talmont
on the coast, a very pretty small town with strong English connections.
A few miles up the coast from Talmont is Meschers, worth visiting
for a 'catch of the day' fish lunch at one of the restaurants at the
its amazing monolithic church, is well worth a visit, particularly as
it has one of the best restaurants around.
|The beautiful town of St Emilion with its surrounding top quality Bordeaux vineyards is about 90 minutes away and is a must for anyone interested in wine.|
Angouleme is the capital of the Charente and as such is the centre for much of the cultural activity in the region. It hosts the international comic book festival early in the year, the Bande Dessinee, and mid September it is packed with classic car enthusiasts for 'Le Circuit de Ramparts'.
further afield are
Poitiers (look at Futuroscope and the vallee de singes)