La Rochelle has always been turned towards the ocean. Vibrate to the sound of festivals, wander the typical streets, be lulled by the waves or stroll through the local markets: live the authenticity of the Atlantic Ocean.
As you stroll along the Old Port, admire its two towers that testify to the ancient history of the city. They have seen the sails of many explorers disappear beyond the horizon. Nor should you miss its renowned Aquarium or the Francofolies, the musical event of the year. You cannot leave without tasting the local gastronomy and a fabulous seafood platter. Very environmentally minded, La Rochelle is also a pioneer in the development of self-service bicycles, the famous “Yélo” bikes.
Not far from there, connected to La Rochelle through a 2,9 km bridge, Ile de Ré offers 85 km2 of freedom and salty atmosphere. Ré “the white” – famous for its Alcea Rosea flowers, its low houses with green or blue shutters – owes its success to its wonderful “art de vivre”. Bicycles are a must here, if you wish to explore this pretty island with its dazzling blue skies and low, lime-washed houses, stretching for 30 km between the land, sea and sky.
Lovely cycling paths enable visitors to discover ten charming villages, pine tree forests, salt marshes… The vast sea landscapes are just waiting to be explored, whether you want to discover their 3 thalassotherapy centers or enjoy a large choice of outside activities. From the preserved nature of Ile de Ré to its typical flavours, discover an authentic destination.
- The rich architectural heritage of La Rochelle
- The landscapes of Ile de Ré changing with the seasons, ensuring new discoveries for visitors all year round
- A paradise for sports and leisure activities
- Nantes Atlantique (NTE) La Rochelle-Île-de-Ré (LRH)
- La Rochelle Paris: 2hrs 25mins