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Cognac Base

Between Loire and Garonne, the Charente River runs slowly through Angoulême and the vineyards of Cognac to the Atlantic Ocean. This region is famous for its fine Cognac and Pineau. Visit the distilleries and try to discover the secret of these unforgettable brandies
The lush valleys are lined with Renaissance castles and Romanesque churches. Enjoy the views...

  • To see : The cellars of Pineau and Cognac, Saints and its Roman vestiges, Bourg-Charente and its dugout, Jarnac, city of F. Mitterrand, Angoulême: capital of the comic strip.
  • To taste : The "cougnat" (cognac), the pineau of the Charente, the capon of Barbezieux, cagouilles (snails), the manslois ( cheese), kroumirs and cornuelles ( cake store(cornuelles ( pastry)).
  • To know : The region so called Charente "country in thousand rivers" counted formerly 800 mills among which some were transformed into museum.
  • Very Favourite : The national center of the comic strip and the image of Angoulême

Navigation on the Charente :
It is a welcoming river, of a big beauty, convenient to a navigation quite freely.
We also call it the happy river … You will cross soft landscapes and will discover how alders, fennel of water or the other wild reeds seized banks. Doubtless will perceive too some kingfishers, grey herons or moorhens. Amateurs of peach(fishing), carps, trouts, pikeperches, pikes, eels and many others else populate the Charente, then in your lines!

From Cognac : 

Week-end

  • Cognac – Saintes – Cognac : 69 km, 4 locks, 10 hours
  • Cognac - Jarnac - Cognac : 40km, 6 locks, 6 hours

Mini week

  • Cognac – St Savinien – Cognac : 112 km, 4 locks, 20 hours
  • Cognac - Châteauneuf sur Charente - Cognac : 66 km, 16 locks, 14 hours

One week

  • Cognac – Angoulême – Cognac : 118 km. 36 locks, 28 hours
  • Cognac - St Savinien - Cognac - Jarnac - Cognac : 142 km, 10 locks, 25 hours
  • Cognac - Châteauneuf sur Charente - Cognac : 135 km, 20 locks, 25 hours

Two weeks

  • Cognac – Angoulême – Cognac - St Savinien – Cognac : 230 km, 40 locks, 48 hours
 

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