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France This Way comment: Cognac has an extensive old twon and town centre, nice riverside walk and lots of Cognac distilleries. Definitely recommended.

Cognac is situated in the Charente department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Cognac. For detailed visitor information see the Cognac travel guide.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Cognac in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Popular places to visit nearby include Saint-Simon at 20 km and Pons at 21 km.

Cognac, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



at 12 km (direction east)

Visitors to Jarnac can explore the small old town, walk along the...

See Jarnac guide


at 20 km (direction east)

In the Charente town of Saint-Simon you will enjoy a stroll along...

See Saint-Simon guide


at 21 km (direction west-south-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

Pons is a quiet small town overlooked by a castle tower that...

See Pons guide


at 25 km (direction west), in the Charente-Maritime department

The town of Saintes is very interesting, with an extensive old-town to...

See Saintes guide
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at 28 km (direction south-east)

Here in the small town of Barbezieux it is the castle that...

See Barbezieux guide


at 29 km (direction south-south-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

Best known as a spa town Jonzac also has a small castle...

See Jonzac guide
Saint-Jean d'Angely

Saint-Jean d'Angely

at 32 km (direction north-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

The historic centre of Saint-Jean d'Angely has several notable monuments including the...

See Saint-Jean d'Angely guide


at 34 km (direction west-north-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

In an attractive setting on the banks of the Charente River, Saint-Savinien...

See Saint-Savinien guide


at 37 km (direction east)

Angouleme is one of our favourite Charente towns, with several interesting historic...

See Angouleme guide


at 39 km (direction east-south-east)

The 12th century church in roman style is the principal monument here...

See Mouthiers-sur-Boeme guide


at 41 km (direction east-north-east)

Tusson is a very typical town of the Charente and has several...

See Tusson guide


at 45 km (direction east-south-east)

Torsac is one of several small but interesting villages to stroll around...

See Torsac guide


at 46 km (direction east-south-east)

Charmant is another pleasant Charente town, with a small castle and a...

See Charmant guide


Most Beautiful Village at 49 km (direction west-south-west), in the Charente-Maritime department

Talmont-sur-Gironde is one of the prettiest villages in Charente-Maritime, well known for...

See Talmont guide

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Markets in and near Cognac

Market days in Cognac: weekly market: Tuesday & Friday;

  • Cognac: market Tuesday & Friday (0km)
  • Jarnac: market every day except Monday (13km)
  • Matha: market Tuesday, Friday and Saturday (19km)
  • Pons: market Wednesday and Saturday (21km)
  • Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire: market Tuesday & Saturday & Friday (29km)
  • Jonzac: market Tuesday & Saturday (29km)
  • La Couronne: market Saturday (35km)
  • Aulnay: market Sunday (36km)
  • Angouleme: market every day except Monday (37km)
  • Cozes: market Wednesday (41km)

More information about Cognac, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions near Cognac, France

What to do at Cognac? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Cognac.

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye Notre Dame de l'Assomption de Châtre (Saint-Brice) (5km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Germain (Gimeux) (8km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Gensac-la-Pallue) (8km)
  • Abbaye de Fontdouce (Saint-Bris-des-Bois) (13km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre et eglise de Saint Hérie (Matha) (19km)
  • Eglise de Saint Vivien (Bagnizeau) (21km)
  • Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes (Saintes) (24km)
  • Eglise de Saint Germain (Varaize) (26km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Savinien (Fenioux) (30km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Trois-Palis) (31km)
  • Eglise de Saint Cybard (Roullet-Saint-Estephe) (32km)
  • Eglise de Saint Estèphe (Roullet-Saint-Estephe) (32km)
  • Eglise de Saint Michel (Saint-Michel) (34km)
  • Eglise de Saint Jean-Baptiste (La Couronne) (35km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Brice (Saint-Mande-sur-Bredoire) (36km)
  • Cathédrale Saint Pierre (Angouleme) (38km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Voulgezac) (40km)
  • Eglise de Saint Vincent (Puymoyen) (41km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Pierre (Dampierre-sur-Boutonne) (41km)
  • Eglise de Saint André (Ruffec) (55km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin du Chaigne (21km)
  • La Roche Courbon (38km)
  • Logis de Forge (39km)
  • Jardin monastique médiéval (41km)
  • Parcs et jardins du château de Beaulon (42km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Château de Richemont (Charente) (3km)
  • Forêt de Pons (21km)
  • Forêt de la Lande (35km)

Towns of Art and history


Geography and distances

Cognac is in the west of France at 38 kilometres from Angouleme, the department capital (general information: Cognac is 405 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Cognac

Canton: Cognac

Arrondissement: Cognac

Department: Charente

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 16100

Distance to Cognac

from Angouleme (prefecture): 38 km

from Paris: 405 km

from Calais: 606 km

from Nice: 640 km

from Bordeaux: 98 km

from Strasbourg: 690 km

Getting here

Most visitors to the region come by car with arrive here by car with the ferry ports at Saint Malo taking about 5 hours driving time. For driving distances to Cognac from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 6 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Ars, Boutiers-Saint-Trojan, Cherves-Richemont, Javrezac, Merpins and Saint-Brice.

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