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
Old Port
Situated at the end of a narrow bay, the
120 minutes
Aquarium
Aquarium
The La Rochelle Aquarium, a large vessel
120 minutes
St Nicolas Tower
St Nicolas Tower
This slightly leaning tower (total
90 minutes
Old Quarter
Old Quarter
The dwellings around the Town Hall, Rue
90 minutes
Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum
Situated at the entrance to the Jardin
120 minutes
Lantern Tower
Lantern Tower
The 15C lantern tower, newer than the
90 minutes