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 La Rochelle

The harbour entrance la Rochelle

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La Rochelle a seaside town



The port is about 40 miles from where we were staying.In Saint-Jean-d'Angely it was a pleasant one hour drive.

We found when visiting the town of La Rochelle that the underground car park in the centre is best for the shops.When you come up from the car park you are in a market with some of the best fresh food in France. The bread and the fresh chicken was the best we have tasted.

Just across the road are the main shopping streets you will need a day to get round them all.Places to eat you can get a restaurant meal from £10

The harbour and castle at La Rochelle


La Rochelle port picture


Lighthouse and marina La Rochelle

lighthouse la rochelle picture

La Rochelle a French town  picture

La Rochelle

was a small fishing village but a yachting marine and tourist trade have turned it into a busy town. We holiday regularly in the Vendee Charente area of France, my son who lives in London likes to join us for a few days. He flies in from Stanstead London to La Rochelle about 40 mins and around £40 return flight good value when you consider the cost of driving.

The airport reminds me of a small private flying club but it dose the job. If you are in a car you are just 3 miles from the town centre or take the second turn on the left as you leave the airport and you are on the motorway.

The Sealife centre

La Rochelle a French town sealife centre

La Rochelle has a pleasant harbour and cafe area my son should know he spent 7 hours there when i miscalculated the tine it took to drive from Calais.

In the port area you will find probably the best sea life centre in Europe it is open all year. This is interesting place to spend a few hours for all ages.

There is a large car park right in front of the building.

The New World Museum a history museum at 10 rue Fleuriau is also worth a visit.The tour de La Lanterne great views from the three towers over the harbour

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The Best Western Angleterre & Champlain picture

The Best Western Angleterre & Champlain is a comfortable hotel in the historical centre of the town close to the parks.

It is located near the beach, gardens, and museums.

It is a renovated town house featuring antique furnishings, precious objects, and a quiet garden

Best Western Hotel Champlain La Rochelle

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A magnificent setting beside the River Blavet with glorious views of the entire valley. Several superb sandy beaches within 20-30 minutes' drive. Private heated swimming pool with security alarm installed & discreet fence to ensure child safety. Set in 3 acres of gardens. Free WiFi available for guests.


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