La Rochelle

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La Rochelle Travel Information

One of France's foremost seaports from the 14th to 17th centuries, the city has arcaded walkways, half-timbered houses , ghoulish gargoyles and a fabulous collection of lighthouses, all rich reminders of its magnificent seafaring heritage. The early French settlers of Canada, including the founders of Montreal, set sail from here in the 17th century.
This 'white city' is also commendably green, with innovative public transport, open spaces and plenty of activities and attractions for families visiting with children.
La Rochelle's late-20th-century district of Les Minimes was built on reclaimed land, and now has one of the largest marinas in the country. Unlike the Med with its motor cruisers, the 3500 moorings here are mostly used by yachts, which fill the harbour with billowing spinnakers.
Situated on France’s Atlantic coast, La Rochelle has long been a popular holiday destination. Well known for its impressive harbour, overlooked by the old fortresses, there is much in La Rochelle to entertain visitors. Away from the waterfront the old town of La Rochelle has a long and varied history, with Renaissance houses jostling for space with modern restaurants and bars. Perfect for relaxing in after a hard day exploring.