La Rochelle

Porte de la Gross Horloge - La RochelleLa Rochelle is the capital city of what was once known as the Aunis which millennia ago was once a Roman colony in the North West of the Charente-Maritime. In the Middle Ages the region changed hands many times in the wars between English and the French.

Today la Rochelle is arguably the most attractive town/port to be found on the Atlantic coast between Nantes and Bordeaux with its old fortified port, arcade lined streets and its impressive stately mansions.

Probably the most important focal point of the town is The Vieux Port where you will see huge numbers of often very impressive pleasure boats moored in ranks in front of the two huge medieval towers: the Tour de la Chaine and the Tour St Nicolas which guard the entrance to the port. The Porte de la Grosse Horloge pictured right signifies the entrance to the old town.

Ice Cream Parlour La RochelleThe Rue du Palais is a haven for shopaholics or enthusiastic window browsers. This leads up from the Vieux Port to the Place de Verdun and is lined with 18th-century houses. Some are half timbered, some are built from grey stone and here and there the shop fronts are set back beneath ground floor arcades.

For those who have a sweet tooth, here you will find the odd chocolatier or delightful ice cream parlour such as the one pictured left.

The Port de Minimes is a relatively new marina development just a couple of kilometres south of the town centre with a few museums that children can  enjoy and a permanently moored frigate. All clues to La Rochelle’s notable maritime past.

Holiday Accommodation in La Rochelle

There is a big demand for holiday accommodation in and around La Rochelle. From apartments to hotels, holiday villas and campsites there is a wide choice of accommodation. Visit our dedicated page on  La Rochelle accommodation.

Getting around La Rochelle

You can get around La Rochelle in different ways. There is an efficient public transport system and the bus terminal is located on the Place de Verdun. If you prefer to cycle, there are two free municipal bike parks. Most people arrive in the town by car, park and then walk everywhere. Walking is by far the best way to see all that La Rochelle has to offer.