La Rochelle is known as La Ville Blanche ('The White City') as its luminous limestone facades are topped by 14th and 15th century towers glowing white in the bright coastal sunlight. The focus of the town is the beautifully picturesque old harbour.
Fly four times weekly with easyJet throughout the summer.
Things to do in La Rochelle
- Visit the Aquarium
With over 12,000 marine animals and 20 species of sharks, this is the perfect day trip for the whole family.
- See the Harbour and old town
Stroll through the cobbled streets, taking in the Town Hall and the clock tower or dine in the beautiful restaurants surrounding the harbour.
- Take a trip to Ile de Ré
A beautiful island linked by a 3km bridge, covered with bicycle tracks in pine forests, plus unspoilt beaches, pretty harbours, and of course seafood galore!
- Relax at Venise Verte
Hire a punt or canoe and explore ‘Green Venice’, a picturesque and peaceful canal system north of La Rochelle.
- Sample the delights at Cognac
About 90 minutes by car from La Rochelle, take a distillery tour in the famous medieval town and sample the world’s best known brandy.