Sailing, seafood and a breath of fresh air in La Rochelle

Are you planning a holiday to the Atlantic Coast in France? Then you should have La Rochelle on your radar. The port established in the middle ages, is raucous and headstrong. A high-spirited atmosphere prevails every day here. Let the travel blogger, Tobias Hoiten take you off to La Rochelle and discover the highlights of the ‘white city’.

The best view in and out of La Rochelle

At the entrance to the old harbour of La Rochelle, stand two picture postcard images from the fourteenth century, Tour de la Chaîne and Tour Saint-Nicolas, landmarks of the French sea port. Do you want to enjoy the most beautiful view of La Rochelle? Then climbing Tour de la Chaîne is highly recommended. You don’t only learn more about the history of the towers, but get the most fantastic view from the top over the old harbour and the old town.

The spacious entrance area in Prao

All round the Vieux Port in La Rochelle you find many a cosy, small restaurant with tables outside. Prao is different because it’s actually made up of four different businesses: a restaurant, a café, a boutique and a studio. You’ll find them all around the old harbour. Prao Restaurant emphasises local products in the preparation of dishes. Starters and desserts on the menu, change every couple of months and the mains daily even. A pleasant place for dinner around sunset.

The spacious entrance area in Prao

All round the Vieux Port in La Rochelle you find many a cosy, small restaurant with tables outside. Prao is different because it’s actually made up of four different businesses: a restaurant, a café, a boutique and a studio. You’ll find them all around the old harbour. Prao Restaurant emphasises local products in the preparation of dishes. Starters and desserts on the menu, change every couple of months and the mains daily even. A pleasant place for dinner around sunset.

There’s more to ‘sea’ than frigates in the Musée Maritime

Obviously, a sea port like La Rochelle has a marine museum. The Musée Maritime in Bassin des Chalutiers is composed of two parts. In a permanent exhibition you can find many interesting exhibits and information all about seafaring. In the harbour basin two ships are moored that you can visit, the ketch, Joshua, and the France 1. The France 1 was France’s last weather ship. During your visit, treat yourself to an aperitif or a snack in the France 1’s bar.

Enjoy seafood aboard the France 1

The French port is known for its especially good food and seafood. These come directly from the Atlantic outside of the city towers and have an especially high quality because of their freshness. Where better to enjoy fresh shrimps than aboard an old ship?

Enjoy seafood aboard the France 1

The French port is known for its especially good food and seafood. These come directly from the Atlantic outside of the city towers and have an especially high quality because of their freshness. Where better to enjoy fresh shrimps than aboard an old ship?

By bike to the lighthouse at the end of the world

La Rochelle is a very environmentally friendly town, and the first in Europe to introduce pedestrian zones and thus banish cars from the city centre. As this French port isn’t especially big or hilly, cycling is really fun here. The route past the big marina and beach takes you, in a quarter of an hour, to the Phare du Bout du Monde, the lighthouse at the end of the world. An incredibly beautiful place to watch the sun go down.

Enjoy the high spirits in La Fleur de Sel

In the thick of it in the old town. The La Fleur de Sel, near to the three towers, is one of the best restaurants right in the old town. Here you’ll find haute cuisine at a fair price. A three-course menu here is just as much a must-do as sitting outside and soaking up the high-spirited atmosphere with a glass of wine.

Enjoy the high spirits in La Fleur de Sel

In the thick of it in the old town. The La Fleur de Sel, near to the three towers, is one of the best restaurants right in the old town. Here you’ll find haute cuisine at a fair price. A three-course menu here is just as much a must-do as sitting outside and soaking up the high-spirited atmosphere with a glass of wine.

Kelone: the Atlantic by sailing ship

With more than 4,500 boats, La Rochelle’s marina is one of the biggest on the Atlantic Coast. A boat trip in a sailing ship on the Atlantic? It’s the stuff of dreams for many. Stretch out your legs, switch off and simply put aside any communications devices. If you can’t do that here, then where?

Stay overnight in an old factory in the centre

You can’t get more central accommodation in La Rochelle La Fabrique is a 3-star hotel right on the old harbour and only five minutes by foot from the main train station. It was reopened in July 2017 and inside has a very special atmosphere. The charm of an old factory shines through in the many constructions and objects – a very special place right in the centre of La Rochelle.

Stay overnight in an old factory in the centre

You can’t get more central accommodation in La Rochelle La Fabrique is a 3-star hotel right on the old harbour and only five minutes by foot from the main train station. It was reopened in July 2017 and inside has a very special atmosphere. The charm of an old factory shines through in the many constructions and objects – a very special place right in the centre of La Rochelle.