On a hillside between Angoulême and Cognac stands the town of Jarnac, on the north bank of the Charente, a crossroads both fluvial and terrestrial. From neolithic times to the present day, Jarnac has always lived according to the flow of the river. For centuries, the town’s commerce was based on the quaysides where gabares would unload their cargoes of salt and eau-de-vie. There are some wonderful traders’ houses and cellars along the quaysides. Jarnac’s other claim to fame is that President François Mitterand was born here.

Explore Jarnac

Visit Jarnac, a stopover on the banks of the Charente

What a pleasure to stroll through the old town centre and along the banks of the Charente in Jarnac, nature is never far away…

Destination Cognac

Waterside activities

Formerly an important trade route, the Charente has been transformed; it’s now a paradise for canoe-paddling or biking !

Espace accueil du bureau d'information touristique de Jarnac et sa boutique
Destination Cognac

Come and say hello !

We’ll be delighted to welcome you to Jarnac during your stay and show you the local specialities in our shop.

Find out more about Jarnac Tourist Office

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