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
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..
rue de la Ferté
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..
The La Rochelle Aquarium, a large vessel made of wood and glass, presents over 10,000 marine creatures from the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the Pacific in an original way, and its 65 pools recreate the environments of the species a..
Hotels La Rochelle
31 Rue Des Gentilshommes F - 17000 La Rochelle
Set in the heart of the city centre and historic quarter of La Rochelle, this 16th-century building offers comfortable rooms. Hotel Henri IV is just 50 metres from the old harbour. Hotel Henri IV features a reception with stairs leading up to the mo..
23 Rue Verdière F - 17000 La Rochelle
The Atlantic Hotel is located in the centre of La Rochelle, a few steps from the beach and the Cours des Dames and 50 metres from the Vieux Port. The hotel offers rooms with TVs and free Wi-Fi internet access. Most of the rooms overlook the garden. ..
1 et 3 Quai Maubec F - 17000 La Rochelle
Prix Prices from : 60 €
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..
Restaurants La Rochelle
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...
1 rue de la Chaîne F - 17000 La Rochelle
Crispy-tender wild turbot with angel's hair, calf sweetbreads and langoustine, organic vegetables and a tangy balsamic vinegar sauce - at this restaurant on the old port, the sea glints silver! Elegance is apparent in the dishes, but also in the deco..
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.
plage de la Concurrence F - 17000 La Rochelle
This restaurant overlooks the Atlantic, has a round dining room and a refined and contemporary decor. The backdrop complements Christopher Coutanceau's cuisine, which is fine and hearty seafood dishes that demonstrate his dazzling sense for ingredien..
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
Jules is Giuliano di Giovanni, an Italian chef who has been ensconced in this restaurant a stone's throw from La Rochelle's Old Port for many years. Using good local ingredients, he composes market cuisine that is full of flavour, and makes no bones ..