Rendez-vous at the Towers of La Rochelle

  • Towers of La Rochelle

    Towers of La Rochelle

    © Atout France/Phovoir

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux. Philippe Berthé

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux - Ph. Berthé

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux. Ph. Berthé

Rendez-vous at the Towers of La Rochelle Vieux Port 17088 La Rochelle fr

Panoramic views of the city, harbour and islands

Looking out to the Atlantic, the Tour Saint-Nicolas (14th century), the Tour de la Chaîne (14th century) and the Tour de la Lanterne (12th and15th century) are the remains of a great fortification building campaign undertaken in the City of La Rochelle in Poitou-Charente from 1199.

The Tour Saint-Nicolas and the Tour de la Chaîne form the majestic gateway to the Old Port and for ten centuries formed the key defensive bastions to the city. As true palatial constructions and city castles, they are the symbol of a city with a very rich hand proud seafaring and trading heritage.

The Tour de la Lanterne, the oldest lighthouse on the Atlantic coast and then a navy prison, contains over 600 examples of graffiti carved into the walls by prisoners in over 3 centuries.


  • Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet:

French, English, German, Spanish, Dutch
Reservations: 1 day
Duration: 30 min to 1 hr by tower

  • Guided tour:

French, English (upon availabilities)
• Reservations: 3 days
Duration: 45 min to 1 hr by tower
Maximum group size without splitting up: 50 people (unaccompanied tour), 18 people (guided tour)

Prestigious visit outside standard opening hours

  • Reservation required


  • At the junction of main roads from Nantes, Poitiers, Limoges and Bordeaux to the Île-de-Ré
  • From Poitiers/Paris: A10 direction Bordeaux, exit 33, then N11
  • From Bordeaux: A10 direction Paris, A837, then N137
  • From Nantes: A83 direction Bordeaux exit 7, then N137 and N11


Tours Saint-Nicolas, de la Chaîne et de la Lanterne
Vieux Port
17088 La Rochelle
Tel.: +33 (0)5 46 41 74 13 / +33 (0)5 46 34 11 81