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
place Barentin F - 17000 La Rochelle
This Gothic tower used to be the entrance to the town from the harbour side. The belfry in the centre is topped by a polygonal dome and a lantern light, and houses the clock face and the clock mechanism. The two towers on either side contain maritime..
33 rue du Temple F - 17000 La Rochelle
This museum on the first floor of a perfumery has a charming collection of bottles (some signed by Lalique and Dali), powder boxes and labels from 1920 to the present day.
place des Petits-Bancs F - 17000 La Rochelle
The square features an attractive 1654 house with a sculpted façade and a statue of La Rochelle native son Eugène Fromentin (1820-1876), a writer and orientalist painter (one should read his Dominique before visiting La Rochelle).
Hotels La Rochelle
36 Cours Des Dames F - 17000 La Rochelle
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 also offer a view of the Bay of Biscay and the harbour. Hotel de L’Ocean is a 2-minute..
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 400m from Tour St Nicolas. Hotel Henri IV features a reception with stairs leading up to the modern ..
20 Place Du Maréchal Foch F - 17000 La Rochelle
Prix Prices from : 80 €
This boutique hotel is located in the heart of the Vieux Port historic quarter. It offers contemporary accommodation with flat-screen TV and a terrace overlooking the Tour de la Lanterne. Hotel en Ville serves a full buffet breakfast every morning, ..
Restaurants La Rochelle
49 r. 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.
av. Porte Neuve F - 17000 La Rochelle
5 r. 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.
1 r. 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.
35 r. St-Jean-du-Pérot 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!
pl. 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...