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La Rochelle

The historic harbour city of La Rochelle is located in New Aquitaine, a region of south west France. New Aquitaine’s Atlantic coastline extends from La Rochelle in the north to Biarritz in the south, picking up the Dordogne, Limousin and Basque regions in between. Book cheap flights to La Rochelle today and discover this diverse, fascinating and sunny corner of France.

Discover La Rochelle

Discover La Rochelle

Owing to its radiant limestone façades, La Rochelle is known as La Ville Blanche (the White City). A prominent port from medieval times, its fascinating maritime heritage is evident wherever you go. The fact that the harbour and marinas are used predominantly by sailing yachts, as opposed to motor boats, gives La Rochelle a tranquil easy-going feeling, yet it buzzes with markets, shops and cafés by day, and with lively bars by night. Whether you are booking flights to La Rochelle for a romantic city break or a weekend away with friends, make the most of your stay by checking out our guide on things to do in La Rochelle.

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La Rochelle for Foodies

La Rochelle for Foodies

Seafood is a big focus in many of the restaurants in La Rochelle. André, an institution since 1947, is famous for its seafood platters, good wine and reasonable prices. For fine dining, Les 4 Sargents is an exquisite spot to sample the local oysters, lobster and mussels from Charron. And as you’re in France, you’ll find dozens of excellent cafés and bistros where you can lunch with the locals and watch the world go by. Tranquil by day, La Rochelle morphs into a surprisingly electrifying city by night. Night owls won’t have any difficulty finding somewhere to party until dawn. Le Cohiba serves up Latin rhythms and cocktails and is a great bar to stop at before heading to the trendy Oxford Club. For an authentic French wine bar experience, La Cave de la Guignette is a must.

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Things to do in La Rochelle

Things to do in La Rochelle

Seen one aquarium, seen them all? Not so with the state of the art Aquarium La Rochelle. This family-friendly attraction is a must-see – the Galerie des Lumières (Gallery of Lights) is truly unforgettable. Another iconic La Rochelle landmark, the Tour de la Lanterne is one of three medieval towers that were built to protect the harbour. Throughout the centuries it has served as a lighthouse and a prison. Today, tourists scale the 158 steps to the top to admire the spectacular views across the city. La Rochelle’s calendar of events includes Les Francofolies, an annual summer music festival and Grand Pavois, Europe’s largest in-water boat exhibition.

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