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Place de la Petite Sirene, Le Gabut La Rochelle

Tel:+33 (0)5 46 41 14 68
Fax:+33 (0)5 46 41 99 85

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La Rochelle is a delightfully charming seaside town that has preserved its historic centre and waterfront due to the visionary intervention of its 1970's socialist mayor Michel Crépeau.  Crépeau, who later went onto become Mitterand's Minister of Environment, was also the first to implement pedestrianised centres which caused outrage at the time but is now common practice all over France.

The Vieux Port is where you'll want to head first with its chic boutiques and numerous eateries along the Quai Duperré.  There is a vibrant atmosphere here favoured by the town's student population that have been drawn to the ever-expanding university set up in 1993.     

You should also make time to investigate La Rochelle's fascinating history which centres around its prominence as a major seaport in the 14th - 17th century.  Many of the early French settlers in Canada departed from La Rochelle including the founders of Montreal in the 17th century.

What to See - La Rochelle Attractions

Le Jam Pub
rue de la Scierie, La Rochelle 17000
head here if jazz and blues are your scene
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tues-Sat (18h00- 03h00) | Tel: +33 (0)5 46 50 05 15

Musee des Modeles Reduits
rue La Desiree, La Rochelle 17000
a musuem of miniature cars, ships and villages
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily but pms only from Nov-Jan | Tel: +33 (0)5 46 41 64 51

Parc Ornithologique
Marais Poitevin, SW of Poitiers
nature trails where you'll be able to glimpse some of the 70 bird species here
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)5 46 01 04 27

Musee Maritime Neptunea
Bassin des Chalutiers, La Rochelle 17000
maritime musuem which is home to Jacques Cousteau's research ship, Calypso
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mar-Oct | Tel: +33 (0)5 46 28 03 00

Maison des Marais Mouilles
Marais Poitevin, SW of Poitiers
discover the history, flora and fauna of the fantastic marshlands of the Marais Poitevin
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)5 49 35 86 77

Ile de Ré
Ile de Ré, island offshore of La Rochelle, 17000
long stretches of sandy beaches, white cliffs and sand dunes on this island known for its rich birdlife

Bassin des Grands Yachts, La Rochelle 17000
over 10,000 species including sharks and turtles
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)5 46 34 00 00

Musee d'Orbigny-Bernon
2 rue St-Come, La Rochelle 17000
for local history, ceramics and Asian art
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mon & Wed-Sat plus pms on Sun | Tel: +33 (0)5 46 41 18 83

Musee du Nouveau Monde
10 rue Fleuriau, La Rochelle 17000
learn about the first French settlers in Canada
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)5 46 41 46 50

Museum d'Histoire Naturelle
28 rue Albert Premier, La Rochelle 17000
naturalist collections including shells and African masks
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Fri: daily, Mid Jun-Mid Sep: Sun pms | Tel: +33 (0)5 46 41 18 25

Tour de la Lanterne
Le Port, La Rochelle 17000
for great views of La Rochelle and a slice of the town's history
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mid May- Mid Sep: daily, Mid Sep - Mid May:Tue-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)5 46 41 56 04