St Nicolas Tower
This slightly leaning tower (total height 42m) is a veritable fortress. It was built in the 14C and named after the patron saint of seafarers. An external staircase leads to the superb octagonal-shaped Salle des Gouverneurs which boasts an elegant rib-vaulted ceiling. There's a fine view of the harbour, the bay and Aix island from the upper platform in the watchtower, which is flanked by high walls with arrow slits and machicolations.
Address:Rue de l'Archimède, 17000 La Rochelle
Phone:+33 5 46 41 74 13
Price:6 € (-26 years old free of charge) €
Apr-Sep: 10am-1pm, 2.15pm-6.30pm; rest of year: 10am-1pm, 2.15pm-5.30pm - closed 1st Mon of the month, 1 Jan, 1 May, 25 Dec