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La Rochelle, located on the west coast of France, is a charming and historic city. With its bustling port, cobbled streets, and mediaeval buildings, La Rochelle offers a unique experience to visitors. Central Hostel presents the top 10 places to visit in La Rochelle.

Our 10 places to visit in La Rochelle

  1. Vieux-Port
  2. Les Tours
  3. Le quartier de la Vieille Ville
  4. La Cathédrale Saint-Louis
  5. Le cloître des Dames Blanches
  6. La Porte de la Grosse Horloge
  7. Le marché des Halles
  8. Le Musée Maritime
  9. Le Musée Le Bunker
  10. Le parc Charruyer

1. Vieux-Port (Old Port)

The Vieux-Port is the vibrant heart of the city. This historic harbour is lined with charming half-timbered houses and colourful fishing boats. Strolling along the port, you can immerse yourself in an authentic atmosphere filled with cafes, restaurants, and quaint shops. Whether it’s for a romantic walk, a cultural exploration, or a taste of local specialties, the old port of La Rochelle is a must-visit place.

Old port La Rochelle

2. Les Tours (The Towers)

The Tours of La Rochelle are three iconic mediaeval towers that are a cultural treasure of the city. Once defensive sentinels of the city, the Tour de la Chaîne, the Tour Saint-Nicolas, and the Tour de la Lanterne bear witness to a rich historical heritage. Today, you can visit the towers of La Rochelle and climb the steps to enjoy panoramic views of the ocean, the harbour, and the surrounding city.

Les Tours La Rochelle

3. Old Town Quarter

The old town quarter is a true journey through time, just a few steps from Central Hostel La Rochelle. Its narrow and picturesque streets are lined with colourful half-timbered houses and historic buildings. Explore charming small squares, like the Place de la Poudrière, and discover artisanal shops and art galleries. Don’t forget to visit the Maison Henri II, one of the oldest buildings in the city.

La Rochelle old town


4. Saint-Louis Cathedral

With its impressive Gothic architecture and richly adorned façade, the Saint-Louis Cathedral, built in the 18th century, showcases the history and grandeur of this French port city. Admire its elegant façade with intricate sculptures and colourful stained glass windows. Inside, the cathedral houses a remarkable organ and often hosts concerts that delight music enthusiasts.

Cathédrale Saint-Louis La Rochelle


5. Cloître des Dames Blanches (Cloister of the White Ladies)

Built in the 13th century, the Cloître des Dames Blanches offers a peaceful and serene atmosphere. Its finely sculpted columns and elegant arcades showcase the architectural craftsmanship of the time. In addition to its captivating aesthetics, the cloister now houses an art and history museum, providing an opportunity to learn more about the local history.

Cloître des Dames Blanches -La_Rochelle


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6. Porte de la Grosse Horloge (Gate of the Big Clock)

Listed as a historic monument, the Porte de la Grosse Horloge is one of the main entrances to the old town. This majestic gate, dating back to the 14th century, served to protect the city from potential attacks from the harbour. Admire its imposing clock and finely crafted sculptures. The Porte de la Grosse Horloge is the perfect starting point for exploring the historic centre of La Rochelle.

Grosse Horloge La Rochelle
Marché des Halles La Rochelle

7. Marché des Halles (Halles Market)

The Halles Market is a paradise for food lovers. Located in the heart of the city, this lively market offers a unique experience. The covered market houses a variety of stalls offering fresh produce. Explore the bustling aisles of the market and discover local specialties such as Marennes-Oléron oysters or Charente-Maritime goat’s cheese.

8. The Maritime museum

Located in the former arsenal of the city, the Maritime Museum traces the evolution of navigation throughout the ages. Explore the various interactive exhibitions and discover boat models, maritime artefacts, ancient maps, and captivating testimonies. The museum also houses historic vessels, such as the three-masted Belem, which you can visit.

The Maritime museum


Le musée le Bunker La Rochelle

9. The Bunker Museum

Continuing with the museums, visit the Bunker Museum and delve into the history of La Rochelle during World War II. This underground bunker, used by the German army during the occupation, has been transformed into a museum. Through exhibitions and testimonies, you can learn about the role of La Rochelle during this dark period of history. The museum also showcases period objects and photographs that transport you to the past.

10. Charruyer Park

Charruyer Park offers vast green spaces and flower gardens. As you stroll through this park, you can admire a wide variety of plants and trees, relax on the grass, or have a picnic with your family. Additionally, the park is home to a pond where you can observe different bird species and enjoy the surrounding tranquillity.

Parc charruyer La Rochelle

©Julien Chauvet – ville de La Rochelle

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