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Destination of the month

Welcome to La Rochelle

La Rochelle’s old harbour is still guarded by three great towers, eloquent monuments to its past as one of France’s most important sea ports. Today, ‘La Ville Blanche’ is a destination itself in addition to a gateway to one of France’s prettiest regions.

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Things to do here

Poitiers may be the capital of the Poitou Charentes region but La Rochelle rivals it in economic importance with tourism the primary draw for the famous sea port. Close by is the island of Il de Ré, which is connected to the city of La Rochelle by a 3km long bridge built in the 1980s. The island is a major attraction for visitors – from celebrities to campers – and is most famous for its pretty villages of whitewashed houses and its long sandy beaches. The old town in the island capital of Saint Martin is a World Heritage listed site.

To Eat

  1. Café de la Paix - a La Rochelle institution, the interior of this brasserie and bar belongs to a different, grander age but it is open for breakfast and the tables outside are ideal for people watching. 54 rue Chaudrier, La Rochelle. Phone +33 5 46 41 39 79 

  2. A Côté de Chez Fred. Located in Saint Martin on the Il de Ré, the island adjacent to La Rochelle itself, chef Gilles Barre focuses his talents on producing a menu dominated by seafood from the region.

To Stay

  1. Résidence de France. One of the smartest places to stay in La Rochelle, this small luxury hotel has rooms overlooking a centrally located pool.

  2. Mercure La Rochelle Vieux Port Sud Hotel. Part of the Mercure chain, this four star hotel overlooks La Rochelle’s modern marina and is ideally situated to explore the Old Town on foot.

La Rochelle Aquarium AQUARIUM

With 12,000 marine animals, La Rochelle’s Aquarium is one of the biggest in Europe.  It offers a comprehensive insight into the marine world and is a great attraction for families – particularly if the weather fails to behave.


The little island of Aix can only be reached by boat. There are no cars allowed on the island, which can be traversed on foot in under an hour. Napoleon famously visited and the island boasts intact fortifications from that era.

Bunker de la Rochelle HISTORICAL

A secret bunker built by the Germans in WW II as the headquarters of the Saint Nazaire U-Boat fleet. It was discovered by chance beneath a hotel in La Rochelle.

Futuroscope LEISURE PARK

Located 10km north of the regional capital of Poitiers and just 90 minutes from La Rochelle, Futuroscope is dedicated to the thrill of the new with something for all the family.