A lively port with much to see from the old port with the 3 towers, cafés
and clubs, the museum of the New World, the aquarium with shark tank,
and many streets and markets to shop. Here too you will find boats out
to Ré, Aix and Oléron, and Fort Boyard (used as a setting
for an adventurous game show!).
with a lively nightlife, casinos, and beaches to be seen on, as well
apparently an international marbles championship! The town is modern,
as its original buildings were demolished during the war. However every
summer there is always something going on - music festivals, circuses,
events. For those seeking more sea and nature - Grande Côte to
the north west offers exhilarating Atlantic breakers.
Within the "Golden Circle" of 20 miles across come the best brandies
from Cognac, and Jarnac, due in part to the chalky soil. In Cognac visit
the famed cognac museum and houses of Camus, Hennessy, Martell, Otard, Rémy
Martin. Go to Jarnac to visit Courvoissier. Both towns are strikingly pretty
against the lazy background of the River Charente, that provides enjoyment
for boating enthusiasts and for fishing.
Boat Rentals France has boat rentals
along the Charente from Cognac.
This art rich town, with its ramparts proudly butting over the river Charente,
has a marvelous cathedral - St Peter's - with a fantastic Romanesque façade.
There are many fine 17th and 18th streets to wander around with magnificent
houses. On a lighter note - the town hosts an international comic strip
festival, and you will find some representation of this at the Centre National
Remarkably this was the most important town of the 1st Century AD and a
short walk from the railway station you can visit remains of this era including
the Arch of Germanicus, the Gallo-Roman amphitheater, and remains of the
Roman Baths, as well as the archaeological museum dedicated to Roman Gaul.
There also are numerous splendid churches including Saint Eutrope and the
gothic cathedral of Saint Pierre.