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  • 1 Old Quarter Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 2 Poitevin Marsh Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The aquatic and plant world of the Poitevin Marsh resembles a huge maze of waterways and paths. A boat ride will take you gliding over the green water of the Wet Marsh, nicknamed the Green Venice, starting from Coulon, Le Vanneau, Damvix, Maillezais ..

  • 3 Natural History Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    28 rue Albert-1er

    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..

  • 4 Aquarium Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Quai Louis-Prunier

    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..

  • 5 Old Port Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 6 New World Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    10 rue Fleuriau

    The Fleuriau Hotel with its wood-panelled Louis XV and Louis XVI rooms, houses collections that illustrate close relationship between La Rochelle and the Americas since the Renaissance. Many La Rochelle ship owners became very rich trading with Canad..

  • 7 Rue Chaudrier Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue Chaudrier

    At n° 6, on a tiled plaque in front of the old half-timbered house, there is an inscription by Ronsard to the glory of Chaudrier, one of the defenders of La Rochelle.

  • 8 Great Clock Gate Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place Barentin

    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..

  • 9 Rue du Palais Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue du Palais

    This is one of the main streets of La Rochelle, linking the business and residential areas. On the right there is a string of shops underneath galleries built in different eras and styles. On the left are more galleries and public buildings.

  • 10 Stock Exchange House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue du Palais

    Seat of the chamber of commerce since its foundation, this building was constructed in the 18C in the early Louis XVI style. There is a courtyard with a gallery, a portico decorated with maritime trophies, and a fine ramped staircase in wrought iron...

  • 11 Henri II House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    11 bis rue des Augustins

    At the end of the garden stands this luxurious house built in 1555 by Hugues de Pontard, lord of Champdeniers. The façade is in the Henry II style, with two pavilions, a gallery and loggia, and a frieze with vertical stripes, medallions and bucrania.

  • 12 Charruyer Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    route de Porte-Neuve

    This 2 km-long and 200m-wide park surrounds the town along its old fortifications. It is a most pleasant place, with winding alleys running through it and a river where swans and herons frolic. It extends to the West on the Mail.

  • 13 Rue de l'Escale Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue de l’Escale

    The round paving stones of this street were formerly used as ballast by vessels coming from Canada; they are lined with arcades and porches behind which stand fine 18C residences.

  • 14 Fine Art Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    28 rue Gargoulleau

    In the ancient Episcopal palace, there are portraits by La Rochelle artists, compositions by William Bouguereau Orientalist paintings by Eugene Fromentin. there is also a section devoted to the 20C showing glassworks by Maurice Martinot and a Miserer..

  • 15 St Nicolas Tower Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2 quai Simenon

    This slightly leaning tower (total height 42 m) is a veritable fortress. It was built in the 14C and named after the patron saint of navigators. An external staircase leads to the main room, from which other staircases lead to additional rooms. These..

  • 16 Lantern Tower Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The 15C lantern tower, newer than the others, combines aesthetic and military considerations. The massive tower is topped by a large steeple and a thin stone lantern (once a lighthouse), and has 6m-thick walls at the base. It has four floors of rooms..

  • 17 Grande Rue des Merciers Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    This very busy street is one of the most typical of La Rochelle, with its many galleries and 16C and 17C houses. Half-timbered medieval houses covered with slate alternate with Renaissance buildings sporting fantastic sculpted gargoyles.

  • 18 La Rochelle Town Hall Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de l’Hôtel-de-Ville

    The town hall was badly damaged by the fire of 28 June 2013, especially the Renaissance part, but the works of art and listed furnishings were relatively unscathed. This composite building is worthy of note for its rich decorations. The courtyard is ..

  • 19 Maritime Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    quai Place Bernard-Moitessier

    This site divided into two parts along the Chalutiers Basin recounts the maritime history and life of La Rochelle. The floating museum has ships of all sizes from the ketch on which Bernard Moitissier participated in the first round-the-world solo ya..

  • 20 Robot Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    14 rue La Désirée

    300 moving figures rival each other in ingenuity to attract the visitors' attention in this magnificent décor complete with music. It is an astounding place, with amazingly realistic robots and some very successful reconstructions, including one of M..

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