Known as La Ville Blanche (the white city), La Rochelle is a popular holiday destination in the Poitu-Charentes region on France’s west coast. To acquaint yourself with the city and its layout, climb the stairs to La Rochelle’s three iconic towers, Tour St. Nicolas, Tour de la Chaine and Tour de la Lanterne, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the city and beyond. Then, make your way through the Porte de la Grosse Horloge gateway, entering La Rochelle’s picturesque old town. Stop to admire the well-preserved, half-timbered buildings before ogling the magnificence of the 17th century town hall. For more history you can’t go past Cathédrale St-Louis, while kids will love La Rochelle's Aquarium. It would be a shame not to make the most of that glorious Atlantic, so board a boat bound for Ile d'Aix, famed for being the location of Napoleon’s exile after Waterloo. If you’re ready for a dip, Plage de la Concurrence is La Rochelle’s nearest beach, while it’s also worth crossing the bridge to Ile de Ré and its beautiful beaches. If all that salty air has worked up an appetite, Ile de Ré is also famed for its incredible seafood – be sure to try the mouclade, mussels in a spicy, creamy sauce. If you choose self-catering La Rochelle accommodation, you can also take advantage of the wonderful La Rochelle Market (Place du Marché.) Here, save money on dining out by stocking up on gorgeous fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and cheeses, whilst experiencing a true taste of local La Rochelle life.
When to go to La Rochelle
La Rochelle is a fantastic year round tourist destination, with balmy summers and mild winters. Late spring, summer and early autumn see plenty of sunshine and blue skies, while winter is ideal to holiday free from the tourist crowds.
Getting to and around La Rochelle
Most tourists arrive in La Rochelle via flights to La Rochelle Airport, although you can also arrive via train (including a high-speed TGV connection to Paris.) Once in La Rochelle, the city is easily explored on foot or by bicycle, although buses are a good public transport option.
Where to stay in La Rochelle
When choosing accommodation in La Rochelle, apartments and villas make great alternatives to more expensive hotels. Not only will a self-catering La Rochelle villa or apartment save you money, you’ll enjoy superior space, privacy and freedom too. HouseTrip has a range of quality self catering La Rochelle accommodation options, ranging from compact studio apartments suitable for singles and couples through to large, multi-room villas ideal for families and groups of friends. Plus, HouseTrip makes booking your La Rochelle accommodation easy – you can do it in as few as six clicks.