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Art and Culture in Cognac

Le Centre National de la Bande Dessinee (Cartoon museum)
Entirely dedicated to the art of the cartoon: works and original strips- 250,000 albums and magazines.
Musee des Tumulus (Tumulus Museum)
A rich collection of prehistoric archeological objects, including exhibition of Neolithic burial mounts (5,000 B.C.).

These world famous Cognac houses organize visits of their distilleries and cellars, including group tastings. The major Cognac producers are: CAMUS- COURVOISIER - HENNESSY- MARTELL - OTARD POLIGNAC REMY-MARTIN - RENAULT-BISQUIT. Visit Cognac with our "Ultimate Cognac Tour".

Chateau d'Oiron
16th century château with sumptuous painted ceilings and galleries and numerous rooms dedicated to contemporary art.

Museum in La RochelleLa Rochelle
Musee du Nouveau Monde - New World Museum (pictured): Located in an 18th-century townhouse, this museum is dedicated to the transatlantic trade and commerce between France and the New World.

La Rochefoucauld
Chateau de la Rochefoucauld: This 12th-century Renaissance château is entirely furnished and has a magnificent stairway, and a library of over 18,000 books.

Les Tours du Vieux Port
The Tour of the Lantern, Tour de La Chaine and Tour St-Nicolas, former "doors" protecting La Rochelle during the 14th and 15th centuries, have been transformed into museums.

Le Marais Poitevin
A labyrinth of peaceful canals and secluded waterways lined with willow and poplar and adorned with orchids and waterlilies. The best way of exploring the network of waterways is to hire a flat bottomed boat for one or two hours which you can do with or without a guide.

Futuroscope - Ten kilometers north of Poitiers: the European park of the moving image houses in stunning architecture of crystal a great number of pavilions set in several acres of beautiful parkland and lakes. Mesmerising images of its giant screens and 3D images.

Rochefort - Saint-Louis ChurchRomanesque Art
Right across the region stand some 600 examples of the Romanesque sanctuary, a heritage which began around the 10th century. Monuments line the ancient route to Santiago de Compostella the most famous ones are Notre-Dame-la Grande in Poitiers with its beautifully carved facade, Saint-Savin-sur Gartempe with its 11th century biblical frescoes protected by the world heritage organization UNESCO as well as the Saint-Pierre d'Aulnay de Saintonge, a major example of Romanesque monuments.

18th century Military Harbor: A former military port with its 374 meter-long Royal rope factory and its dry dock where the French vessel "Hermione", Marquis de La Fayette's frigate, which served during the American War of Independence, is being rebuilt. (pictured: The Church of Saint-Louis in Rochefort)

Historic Museum of the Royan Pocket: Royan, a city entirely rebuilt in the Fifties: it was razed by the Allies in the morning of January 5th, 1945 and liberated by the French troops of General de Larminat on April 15th. The "historic museum of the Royan Pocket" features the great moments of this period.


Sports and Leisure in Poitou-Charentes

sea and river fun in CognacSea, River and Canal pleasure: In the Marais Poitevin: accompanied tours in flat bottomed boats from each village of this fascinating, mysterious "bayou of France". Canoeing along the Marais Poitevin or the Charente river houseboats : possibility of hiring pleasure boat cruisers 2 to 12 berth) for weekends or week- long holidays for a memorable journey down the Charente river and opportunity to visit Saintes, Cognac, Jarnac along the river itself. Or along the Marais Poitevin.

Sailing, windsurfing and beach combing from the resort towns on the Atlantic: Royan, La Rochelle, SaintPalais-sur-mer, Vaux-sur-mer and the offshore famous islands of Re and Oléron linked by car.

Ferry cruises to the islands go by Fort Boyard off the scenic port of La Rochelle.

cognac france spasBiking, hiking and the great outdoors: Bicycling tours on the gentle roads of the Saintonge province, the valleys of the rivers Charente and Vienne and in the Marais Poitevin.

"Roulottes" i,horse-drawn caravans) in the Poitou and the Saintonge provinces, off the beaten tracks. 

Golf: Fourteen golf courses throughout the region satisfy players of all levels.

Spa/Thalassotherapy: Sea therapy centers are located in Royan, Châtelaillon, lIe de Re and lIe d'Oléron.

Region Highlights - Gastronomy, Art, Leisure, & Culture, and Cognac from A to Z.

For additional information, visit the Cognac Country website.

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