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Built from the trading port of La Pallice, le Pont de la Rochelle liaises the mainland to l'Ile de R?.
The bridge is 3 km long and was built in 1988.
If I recall it well, there was a tollgate before entering the bridge. Though, biking is toll-free. Since l'Ile de R? is do-able by bike, renting a bike in la Rochelle may be a solution then visit l'Ile de R? without paying your right to use the road.
Drive to La Pallice area, leave your car there and hire the bike for your stay in IR. Plus, for the Retais authority being keen on protecting the area, cars are not allowed everywhere. Plus, you would really appreciate cycling in pure air.
By the way, since the retais territory is linked to the mainland by the bridge, is it still to be named Ile de R?
Updated Jan 6, 2004
*** at least we did it like that
By road, from Brussels to LR
Towns of the Atlantic region are served by the A10 motorway. It crosses the area from North to South. Most towns are only a few kilometres away from the entries/exits of the A10 motorway, exits n°33, n°34, n°35, n°36, n°37, n°38.
From the A10, the French and European network of motorways makes the big European cities easily and safely accessible.
From south of England, the easiest way is to catch a fast ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo with Brittany Ferries. From St-Malo: some six hour drive. Or take the route to Le Havre, then to drive to Charente-Maritime.
Our way to la Rochelle was by motorway (autoroute) since we were in a hurry.
From LR to Brussels
But the return (LR-Bru) was via route nationales and départementales. Then we could see the cities, the villages, the castles in regions we were driving through... My travelmates could visit the 24 heures du Mans circuit. :)
It was easy, we just worked on a map about the itinerary, according places we wanted to see. Then set out which nationales, departementales to take not to miss the places...
For other transportations means, check the website.
Now to go to Ile de Ré, just head to La Pallice trading port, from there, take the bridge that leads you to Ile de Ré...
Updated Jan 6, 2004