Things to see and do - La Rochelle
La Rochelle :
Unmissable tourist sites
La Rochelle Travel guide
La Rochelle : Michelin's recommendations
This is a wonderful port which has a quality of light that charmed painters, the Impressionists in particular. It is a fiercely Protestant place which, as a result, suffered a terrible siege at the hands of Richelieu in 1627. It became rich from its trade with the Americas. Today it's also a town happily known as the home of the Francofolies which attract thousands of music lovers around the 14th July. It is also one of the few towns in France to have decreed the bicycle king.
Tourist attractions La Rochelle : Things to see and do
cours des Dames F - 17000 La Rochelle
Situated at the end of a narrow bay, the old port is made up of the port entry, the beaching basin or Old Port, the small basin where yachts are moored, and the trawler basin. It is certainly the most well-known view of La Rochelle with its two tower..
r. de la Ferté F - 17000 La Rochelle
The dwellings around the Town Hall, Rue des Merciers and Rue du Palais were built with two ways out; on the ground floor they have a large room often converted into a shop, then an interior courtyard with staircase and gallery; on the first floor a d..
28 r. Albert-1er F - 17000 La Rochelle
Situated at the entrance to the Jardin des Plantes, the museum is set up in two buildings which face each another. The Lafaille Museum is home to the Lafaille exhibition which includes an amazing coquillier, as well as Clément de Lafaille's furniture..
Hotels La Rochelle
1 et 3 Quai Maubec F - 17000 La Rochelle
Located in the heart of La Rochelle, just a 10-minute walk from the train station and right next to the harbour, Hôtel Le Rupella offers en-suite rooms with free WiFi access and a desk. All rooms at Hôtel Le Rupella also have a flat-screen TV as wel..
30 Quai Duperre F - 17000 La Rochelle
Hotel La Marine is situated in the centre of La Rochelle on the Old Port area in front of the medieval towers. It offers non-smoking rooms with free Wi-Fi. Some of the guest rooms offer a view of the port and others, a view of the interior, flowered..
36 Cours Des Dames F - 17000 La Rochelle
Built in 1646, Hotel de L’Ocean is located on the Old Port, in the heart of La Rochelle. It offers soundproofed rooms equipped with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms offer a view of the Bay of Biscay and the harbour. A continental breakfa..
Restaurants La Rochelle
49 rue St-Jean-du-Pérot F - 17000 La Rochelle
A charming winter garden very near the harbour. The chef and his team are full of respect for the seasonal ingredients and deliver pleasant modern cooking. Superb wine list with a choice of 900 wines, including some rarities.
1 rue de la Chaîne F - 17000 La Rochelle
Scallops and truffle risotto, sea bass grilled à la plancha: shimmering seafood cuisine! Elegance on the plate but also in the decor - finely balanced between an old drinking house and modern simplicity.
avenue de la Porte-Neuve F - 17000 La Rochelle
plage de la Concurrence F - 17000 La Rochelle
This modern rotunda has wide views of the ocean. It is a showcase for the beautiful and generous seafood cuisine of the Coutanceau family (the son has followed his father's footsteps), and their perfect understanding of ingredients and flavours.
place de la Chaîne F - 17000 La Rochelle
A local institution for lovers of seafood cuisine and fine shellfish platters. Each dining room - there are seven of them - celebrates the ocean waves in its own way - transatlantic journeys, fishing, sails...
35 rue St-Jean-du-Perot F - 17000 La Rochelle
A fashionable bistro from the Coutanceau clan with kitchens open to the dining room, old advertising posters and a menu that flirts with the period. Curtain up!
5 rue Thiers F - 17000 La Rochelle
The secret of this contemporary establishment? Agreeable, fresh market sourced cuisine that is bursting with flavour, based on astutely updated timeless staples. Another plus is the brief but expertly chosen wine list.