Cognac is situated on the river Charente
between the towns of Angoulême and Saintes. The majority of the town has been
built on the river's left bank, with the smaller right bank area known as the
Saint Jacques district. The town is situated on one of the pilgrimage routes to
Santiago de Compostella and home to the French Air Force training base 709.
Cognac is 400 kilometres (250 mi) southwest of Paris