Discover La Rochelle, once one of France's most important port for traders using the trade routes to the east and west. The old port is surrounded by two impressive towers, all that remains of the old ramparts. Climb to the top of the Chaîne Tower or Tour Saint Nicolas or enjoy a tasting of freshly made oysters. La Rochelle is a place not to be missed, especially its historical and tourist attractions. It is also a paradise for water sports such as sailing on a yacht and sailing, fishing, diving and windsurfing.
When sailing in La Rochelle, the small island of Ile de Ré must be in your itinerary. It is famous for its wide sandy beaches, charming villages, colorful rocky streets, famous salt mining and cycling with spectacular views. The star-shaped old walled city of the main port of the island of Saint-Martin is under the protection of UNESCO. There you can get a good view from the bell tower of Saint-Martin-de-Re.
Nearby you can see Ile d'Oleron, the second largest island of the country after Corsica. Spend time exploring its famous vineyards, fishing villages, beautiful sandy beaches and pine forests. Make sure you don’t miss the return of fishing boats and visit the oyster ports.
From here you can explore Fort Boyard, the oval fortification of Napoleon Bonaparte and the scene of the popular television show. You can also moor at the port of Rochefort to explore the exact replica of Hermione, the life-size famous General Lafayette frigate.
You can go to the more distant island of Ile d'Ex, one of the 15 Ponant islands. Rest without the noise of cars and enjoy secluded beaches, coastal paths and hidden bays, where you will be almost alone.
The region is home to several islands whose landscapes are stunning and majestic. Among these four islands facing La Rochelle is the island of Re, rich in contrast between pine forests and sandy beaches. You can also rent a sailing boat and explore the Ile d'Oleron, Ile d'Ex, which takes the form of a crescent or Ile Madame, all three of these places are popular for sailors, water sports or fishing.
We have all types of boats: motor yachts, sailing yachts, jet skis, catamarans. You can rent a yacht with or without a skipper.
La Rochelle is a fortified city with many fortifications, of which the most famous are the three medieval towers (Tour de la Lantern, Tour de la Schein and Tour Saint-Nicole) at the entrance to the old port. The arches around the city center, built more than 400 years ago, give this beautiful city a special charm.
In addition to the richness of its architecture, La Rochelle boasts many parks where it is very pleasant to walk after a day at sea. For example, a 40-hectare Charruyer park in the style of an English garden offers winding paths under shady trees for walks. For lovers of marine animals go to the aquarium in the port of Le Minim, where you will see about 10,000 species of animals in 65 large aquariums. Also be sure to visit the Maritime Museum, which is afloat in the old port and consists of eight beautiful ships.
La Rochelle is a vibrant city and the center of numerous festivals. The two most important of them, without a doubt, are Le Grand Pavois, the largest international submarine show, and Les Francofolies, a music festival not to be missed in July, which brings together all the major names of the artistic French scene.
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