La Rochelle Travel Guide

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    The harbour tower
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La Rochelle Highlights

  • Pro
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    Norali says…

     Elegance, architecture, good food, interesting antiques shops, safety 

  • Con
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    Suet says…

     can be a bit noisy at times! 

  • In a nutshell
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     A beautiful sea resort. 

La Rochelle Things to Do

  • Tour de la Lanterne

    The Lantern Tower (Tour de la Lanterne) is the only medieval lighthouse on the Atlantic Coast that is still standing (1445), the lantern tower contains a remarkable array of graffiti, carved into the walls by the pirates and prisoners that were held here after it was converted to a prison in the 17th century.

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  • Concurence Beach

    It's a nice beach with so many sports and activities to do. View of the bay and marina. When my visit, it's so cloudy and start to rain.... not a nice day for me.... :=(

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  • The Lighthouse

    The lighthouse at the Quai Valin in the Old Port of La Rochelle is a beacon alignment of recent construction.

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  • Walking Around

    Walking around in this old town is nice thing to do, enjoy the small street with the half timbered houses and also restaurants and cafes....

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  • Defensive Towers

    The most recognisable landmark in La Rochelle, the three towers - now together a listed National Monument - stand at the entrance to the harbour. They once formed the most important part of the town defences against invasion from the sea.Looking towards the sea from in the port area, left to right are the Saint Nicolas Tower and the Chain Tower,...

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  • Tour St Nicolas

    This is the huge tower that dominates the harbour. It's worth climbing up to see it even if just for the good views of the town. Quite an impressive structure, it dates from 14th - 15th Century.The website below tells you a little more about the town and what you can expect to see.

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La Rochelle Restaurants

  • Wonderful seafood, delightful setting

    My first visit to La Rochelle in October 2013 was like an amuse bouche - a tingling taster, leaving me longing for more.The picturesque City has many pretty restaurants lining the Quays and I was determined to have lunch at one or other. Having strolled up and down the quay area twice, lingering here and there over tantalising menus, I eventually...

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  • Seafood!!!!

    This is THE place to eat! very fashionable with an excellent reputation for fast efficient service and the prime location in the harbour. It is a fast moving crowded and busy place. I have never known it to be empty of patrons. Therefore, it's best to drop by earlier in the day and book a table, phoning is impossible, they always seem to be engaged...

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  • Good unpretentious French food

    Right in the Old Port where there is a wide choice of restaurants. Very wide choice of food, both seafood (de la mer) and other (du terroir), which suited us as my hubby is not keen on fish! Not haute cuisine but just good, honest, regular traditional French food. Wine available by glass, bottle or different size "pichet". Friendly and polite...

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  • Le Bistrot des Pecheurs

    This was where to get the best crab. I am not really keen on shellfish like oysters and cockles or even winkles. Crab is king! I'll fill in the details more when I find the bill! Crab. Crab is good for you. Contains iodine for your underactive thyroid!

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  • Ok food.

    This restaurant is located right on the Old port. I had tuna tartare as an appertiizer. To my surprise, it tastes like the chef put the tuna through a meat grinder, so the texture is rather mushy. :o( The paella is quite good, a little too saucy for me. Overall I gave it a 7+ on a scale of 1 to 10.

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  • A had a nice lunch here too...

    By the time I checked into Hotel Les Brises, it was already 1:45 in the afternoon. Since most restaurants stop serving lunch at 2PM, I had to find a decent place quickly. I did manage to find one - L' aunis. I had an order of raw oysters to start, they were fresh and plump. For the main course, I had grilled seabass with fettucine. The seabass was...

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La Rochelle Nightlife

  • Street entertainment

    There are numerous street entertainers all around. Some are singers, ceremonial drummers, story tellers, brass bands, small bands, acrobats, in line roller skaters, you name it, they have it. The best nightlife of all is just wandering around seeing what everyone else is doing. They also have small market stalls selling various souvenirs and fancy...

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  • Great Irish Pub

    A great night's drinking at the heart of the city, The General Humbert’s is well worth a look. The atmosphere is lively and convivial with very relaxed and friendly patrons populating the establishment and excellent service provided behind the bar.Situated near the Old harbour and around the corner from the Aquarium, The General Humbert’s is...

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  • Outdoor Entertainment

    This was july 14 french national day celebration. There were lots of trational french performances on the streets and just everywhere in the evenings. Come as you are, an interesting place to be.

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La Rochelle Transportation

  • Transportation to La Rochelle

    La Rochelle is served by a central railway station designated La Rochelle Ville. The TGC from Paris to La Rochelle takes about 3 hours. There are car rental services at the station.The Aeroport de La Rochelle serves Airlinair (air France), Ryanair, Flybe, and Easyjet. Busses running Monday through Saturday take you to La Rochelle center.

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  • Take the TGV train from Paris

    It is a 3-hr journey from Paris. Once you get to La Rochelle, it is a 15-minute walk to the Old port.

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  • Boat bus

    You can use this boat.Sorry but I forgot name of this boat.And i forgot price,too.(it was not much,about 1 Euro)

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La Rochelle Shopping

  • Decoration, antiques, gifts

    Hmm.. What a name!The shop is a small one on Rue Fleuriau, in the same street as Musée du Nouveau Monde. It's easily accessible.The welcome makes it special. Decoration trinkets... such as statues, vase.Items are rather of antiques than contemporary style.Home furnishing, paintings also if I recall it well depends on what you buy

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  • Marine and sailing trinkets

    Where else than in La Rochelle, traditional port city, to find your marine and sailing trinkets. The shop was loctaed in city center, under the arches though I couldn't remember whether ity was Rue mercier or not. No sure.You will buy there lamps, ash-trays, lighthouse miniatures. Most of time, they are not that expensive and exist in styles that...

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La Rochelle Local Customs

  • Francofolies de La Rochelle

    Once a year, in summer, La Rochelle houses Les Francofolies de La Rochelle as Buenos Aires, Spa, Montréal, Genève do. It all started in la Rochelle in 1985 and spread over countries.. even reached Berlin in 1996. Yes, you read "Berlin"... It's all about music.. en français.. Many indies as well as "espoirs". Worth noticing: many celebs de la...

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  • Do it at the beach

    If you want to entertain a local, do it at the beach. The people here love their beach a lot, and all their lives revolves round it.

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  • Clean city

    As I said earlier, La Rochellle is a pioneer in eco-friendly transportation measures. At a time, it was possible to hire yellow bikes since cars were banned from the center... I haven't seen them though I saw electric cars in this clean city.Clean cars have their own parking lot, where they are re-loaded. It is possible to hire them at some places...

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La Rochelle Warnings and Dangers

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    A little plunge into fresh water?

    by Norali Updated Oct 3, 2003

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    It's along this quai that policemen use to pull walkers, drivers from water...

    Pay attention when you walk, the quais don't have any rope nor fence to prevent you from falling in water.

    Even cars have to be pulled out from water sometimes.

    Safe La Rochelle, without beggars neither clustering youngsters (I was told youngsters are not allowed to group themselves in clusters in urban La Rochelle).... so safe that falling into water is the only thing I'd warn you about. :-)

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La Rochelle Off The Beaten Path

  • Doggy poopies

    You must clean up after your doggie, poopies on the pavement are not permitted !!!! you need to take a poopy bag at all times to clean up after your pet!

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  • La Rochelle -"sugar town"

    La Rochelle is a beautiful town, with some wonderful buildings - especially in the area extending from the Old Port to the Market. Many of these date from the 18th Century - and were built by the 40 or more grand families who profited from the slave-trade.La Rochelle was the second most important slave-trading port in France (behind Nantes). The...

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  • The beach

    It is a bit hidden but ask the locals for direction...this place is not the regular beach as it was virtually created to allow close to town fun for the inhabitants. The high sea is a bit far from the concentrated areas.Yes, ..some are more generous with showing everything!!!

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La Rochelle Sports & Outdoors

  • Sailing, yachting

    For La Rochelle being the first European marina, this activity is soooo obvious.For sailing, go to Port des Minimes area where you would find those powerboats (catamaran) that use to compete in some races. However, since lately, l'ancien Bassin des chalutiers is open for business as well.The pic is not in Port des minimes area. It's in either in...

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  • Beach activities in Port des minimes,...

    Located a bit souther to Vieux port, find in Port des minimes area, some nice beach. Plus it used to house apartments with specific style (grey- brown wooden lumbers, cubic shapes...).However, if you go to Chýtelaillon, beach is nice and empty as well. This time, nice bungalows, houses and apartments in pastel colours.. along the waterside....

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La Rochelle Favorites

  • Airport Transfer

    Hi guys, my name is Pete Marshall and I operate an Airport Transfer Service from La Rochelle (LRH) and Bordeaux (BOD) using a 12 seater brand new Ford Transit Minibus. I have all the necessary licence and insurance requirements and can be contacted at either 07876 381944 or by e-mail at Petearshall222@Hotmail.com.I look forward to hearing from...

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  • The Beautiful parks

    La Rochelle have one of the best parks and gardens..being close to the sea, the ambience is slightly different from what you experience in Paris with exception of Bois de Boulogne. Yes, the parks. Very neat and never congested. It is good for couples on a honey moon.

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  • The QUAY

    An interesting part of La Rochelle is the QUAY. On the quay are several "Drinking Joints" Where you could sit down close to the boats and have a good discussion or get together with friends. The scenery is simply spectacular.

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