City of La Rochelle
La Rochelle is a city on the south west coast of France and a seaport on the Bay of Biscay. With the opening of the English market following the second marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine in 1152, the presence of the Knights Templar and the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem quickly made this small town the largest port on the Atlantic.
Basic tourist information
Situated near the Old Port, you can buy fresh products every morning in the central covered Market. On Wednesday and Saturdays (and during most of the summer), you will see all of the streets surrounding the main area covered in stands occupied by local farmers selling their products.
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La Rochelle’s main feature is the “Vieux Port” (“Old Harbour”, map), which is at the heart of the city, picturesque and lined with seafood restaurants. The city walls are open to an evening promenade.
The old town has been well preserved. Three medieval towers are a prominent tourist attraction at the entrance to the harbor: The Chain Tower (map), The Lantern Tower (map) and Saint Nicolas Tower (map). From the harbour, boating trips can be taken to the Île d’Aix and Fort Boyard (home to the TV show of the same name, map).
Nearby Île de Ré is a short drive to the North. The countryside of the surrounding Charente-Maritime is very rural and full of history (Saintes). To the North is Venise Verte, a marshy area of country, crisscrossed with tiny canals and a resort for inland boating. Inland is the country of Cognac and Pineau. The nearby Île de Ré is accessible via a bridge from La Rochelle.
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Transport around La Rochelle
The coach companies compete with rail on price, which means they usually are somewhat cheaper than trains, sometimes much cheaper, especially if booked in advance. Trains will be more comfortable and sometimes much faster.
Yélo – Local buses.
⇒ Public transport (parisinfo.com) • Getting to France (uk.france.fr)
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