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La Rochelle

 

A city on the move, with everything you need to be happy!

Watch the little video concocted by the city and welcome to life in La Rochelle !

Places to visit, activities not to be missed...

Will you have enough time to do everything?
Don’t worry, you will fall in love with La Rochelle and its region and you will come back, that’s for sure…

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A rich heritage

 

A dynamic, welcoming and lively city, La Rochelle will seduce you, for a few hours or a few days, first of all by its maritime character.

City anchored on the Atlantic coast, near the islands of Ré and Oléron.

La Rochelle can be experienced and discovered through its various ports: the Vieux Port in the town centre, the Minimes marina, the commercial port of La Pallice and the fishing port of Chef de Baie.

Its exceptional stretch of water makes it a flagship city for national and international water sports.

In La Rochelle, come and experience the Ocean in the city with its prestigious heritage, preserved and enhanced over the years.

La Rochelle and its two towers that guard the Old Port; but also its churches, its secret streets lined with arcades, its old wooden or aristocratic houses, its private mansions that will make you relive a fascinating history!

With an exceptional amount of sunshine (2,400 hours per year, as much as the Côte d’Azur) and the proximity of the islands of Ré, Oléron, Aix and Madame, La Rochelle is a privileged holiday destination. Greenery, beaches, fortifications, limestone cliffs…, so much diversity and assets for the gentle way of life.

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A stone's throw from our apartments, there are many places to visit...

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Leisure places

Aquarium, Casino, Natural History Museum, Fine Arts Museum, New World Museum, Protestant Museum, La Concurrence Beach, Minimes Beach, Chef de baie Beach, the Ports,…
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Theaters

Café-Théâtre L’Azile, Carré Amelot, Comédie la Rochelle, Espace Encan, La Coursive, La Sirène, Le Diane’s – Casino Barrière, Parc des Expositions of La Rochelle, Marcel-Deflandre Stadium,…
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Monuments

Saint-Louis Cathedral, Vauclair Castle, Pillory Fountain, La Rochelle City Hall, Bout du Monde Lighthouse, Lavardin Lighthouse, Quai Valin Lighthouse, Ile de Ré Bridge, La Rochelle Prefecture, Tour de la Chain, Lantern Tower, St. Nicholas Tower,…
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Natural sites

Pointe de Chef de Baie, Pointe de la Queille, Pointe de la Repentie, Pointe des Minimes, Pointe Saint-Marc,…
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A few more details...

 

The museums, the churches, and the surrounding residences testify to the originality of the history of La Rochelle through the centuries:

 

  • Town Hall: Inside, there are many souvenirs, including those relating to the Seat, the Hall of Aldermen, the Great Hall of Festivities and the Cabinet of Jean Guiton, with its legendary table.
  • The 3 towers:
    • Tour de la chaîne: named after the chain that is still preserved at the foot of the tower: permanent exhibition “La Rochelle, Atlantic capital, Huguenot capital”
    • Tour de la Lanterne known as the “4 sergeants”: topped by an octagonal gothic spire. Served as a lighthouse and prison. In 1822, 2 of the 4 Carbonari sergeants were imprisoned there before their execution in Paris.
    • Tour Saint Nicolas: military building representing the power and wealth of La Rochelle.
  • Aquarium: one of the largest aquariums in Europe, opened in 2001. 2 hours under the sea bed, 10,000 animals in 3 million litres of sea water.
  • Maritime Museum: embark on a trawler, play a fun cruise in the corridors of the frigate “France I”, dream in front of the sailing ship “Joshua”.
  • Model museum: unique, 800 m² of models, historical scenes, naval battles by computer…
  • Museum of automatons: 300 moving characters in an original setting: old and contemporary automatons.
  • Museum of the perfume bottle: amazing collections of a thousand bottles…
  • Museum of Natural History and Ethnography: 18th century curiosity cabinet, 19th century zoology room and numerous naturalist and ethnographic collections.
  • Museum of Fine Arts: important collection of European paintings from the 15th to the mid-20th century.
  • New World Museum: collections illustrating France’s relations with the Americas since the 14th century.
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Unmissable annual events...

 

  • Sunny Side of The Doc, international documentary market for professionals, nearly 2,000 spectators (June)
  • The International Film Festival, second in France in terms of the number of films shown and the number of spectators after Cannes (early July)
  • Les Francofolies, Francophone music festival, 110 concerts, more than 120,000 festival-goers (July)
  • The TV Fiction Festival, one of the most important events in the audiovisual sector for the past ten years, with more than 1,800 professionals and nearly 25,000 spectators (September)
  • The Grand Pavois, Europe’s leading in-water boat show, over 100,000 visitors (September)
  • The “Jazz entre les deux tours” festival, jazz festival, nearly 5,000 spectators (October)
  • La Rochelle Marathon, around 10,000 international runners (November)
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... And all this without his car

 

Use the “Pass rochelais

A real alternative to the car, this pass allows you to travel throughout the year in the La Rochelle area with the YELO network:

Unlimited transport in the La Rochelle Agglomeration Community by bus, sea bus, ferry or yellow bike (3h/day) for 1, 2, 3 or 7 days depending on your wishes with an individual or group rate.

  • The discovery of the tourist sites of La Rochelle at a preferential rate.
  • Access to site visits by avoiding queues.
  • Saves time: no traffic jams, no parking spaces to find…
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Some tips very easily accessible from our apartments!

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Tip #1: YELO bikes !

 

And yes, La Rochelle was the pioneer city of this initiative and the famous yellow bikes are now available everywhere.

The bonus? They are free for the first two hours! And at a very affordable rate beyond (Only €1.10* per additional hour!)

(Subject to price variations)

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Tip #2: exploring the surrounding villages

 

The neighboring villages of La Rochelle are not lacking in charm and are very easy to discover: old towns, alleys, oyster marshes…

There are things to discover everywhere and for all tastes!

To get there, it’s up to you to choose the transport that suits you:

  • by bike: take more than 160 km of cycle paths and lanes that surround the city.
  • on foot: follow the paths of 17 footpaths laid out with explanatory terminals, to find out more throughout your walk! (the maps of these paths are available at the reception of the Tourist Office, do not hesitate to ask for them)
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Tip #3: Châtelaillon-Plage, the “Belle Epoque” seaside resort

 

Both frozen in time thanks to its “Belle Epoque” villas and contemporary with its casino and its brand new racecourse, Châtelaillon-Plage is a city worth the detour !

Here again, you will have the choice of transport to get there:

  • by bike: take the Vélodyssée cycle path (Eurovéloroute n° 1): 13.7 km (yes, yes, it’s done quickly !)
  • by bus: with line 15-16 of the YELO network or with lines 9 and 22 of “Les Mouettes” transport
  • by train: with the scheduled link from La Rochelle station.
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Tip #4: approach the islands by sea

 

Given La Rochelle’s privileged location by the sea and the many islands that surround us, it would be a shame not to take a breath of fresh sea air !

Ile de Ré, Aix or Oléron, each has its own identity and charm!
Opt for a cruise by embarking in La Rochelle, on a speedboat, a sailing boat or a catamaran

Stroll around the gentle Ile de Ré. Only 3 short kilometres separate your urban gîte from this haven of peace, so why deprive yourself ?

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Tip #5: stroll around Rochefort, the royal city

 

Rochefort, previously a modest village, became a large arsenal on the orders of Colbert, minister of Louis XIV… A town full of history!

To get there this time, I advise you to take the bus (line 9 of the “Les Mouettes” transport service) or the train, with a regular service from La Rochelle station.