Charente-Maritime

La Rochelle

Highly recommended
La Rochelle
The Essential
Highly recommended
This is a wonderful port which has a quality of light that charmed painters, the Impressionists in particular. It is a fiercely Protestant place which, as a result, suffered a terrible siege at the hands of Richelieu in 1627. It became rich from its trade with the Americas. Today it's also a town happily known as the home of the Francofolies which attract thousands of music lovers around the 14th July. It is also one of the few towns in France to have decreed the bicycle king.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for La Rochelle

Old Port of La Rochelle Old Port of La Rochelle
Old Port of La Rochelle
Situated at the rear of a narrow bay,
2:00
Aquarium Aquarium
Aquarium
The La Rochelle Aquarium, a large vessel
2:00
St Nicolas Tower
St Nicolas Tower
This slightly leaning tower (total
1:30
Lantern Tower
Lantern Tower
The 15C lantern tower, newer than the
1:30
Old town of La Rochelle
Old town of La Rochelle
The buildings around the Town Hall, Rue
1:30
Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle de La Rochelle
Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle de La Rochelle
Since 1832 the oldest museum in La
2:00