Every year since 1994 the Blues Passions Festival in Cognac has been a key event of the summer for all lovers of African-American music.
Places to Visit
A visit to the beautiful city of Saintes should be worked into your holiday itinerary!
Take a stroll to our local 16th century Chateau! The Chateau is set in lovely gardens and woodland through which the River Boutonne flows. Enjoy lunch first in our local restaurant “La Bonne Etap” or take a picnic and enjoy the grounds.
Great shops, fabulous seafood, and lively cafes - what’s not to love about this picturesque "Vieux Port" (Old Harbour), set in the Bay of Biscay? Proud of its rich naval history La Rochelle has a bustling pleasure-boat marina from which you can take boat trips to the surrounding islands.
On your doorstep! Five minutes drive from the gites is a charming farm that exists to preserve the local breed of donkey known as the Baudet du Poitou. Enjoy walks, a quiz, rides and a tour.
Since this town gives its name to one of the world’s best-known types of brandy no trip to the Charente-Maritime would be complete without a visit to Cognac to sample its wares. The most famous “Grande Marque” Cognac houses have great visitor tours and are located in the centre of the town.