The fortified maritime city has many defensive monuments, including the famous medieval towers of the Old Port, which guard its entrance. Classified as historical monuments since 1879, the towers’ battlements offer a remarkable panorama of the city and the ocean. But La Rochelle is more than just a maritime haven. To be convinced of this, just walk through the city center!
Get on your bikes, and set off to join the famous EuroVelo 1 route along the Atlantic coast. From Roscoff to Hendaye, this cycling route covers more than 745 miles with the ocean as a backdrop. Discover our coasts via routes accessible to all. The Saint Nicolas Towers are the starting point for two routes, one towards Marans and the other towards Rochefort. Discover our regions’ treasures by riding the longest cycling route in France, which is fully signposted from end to end.
Located at the bottom of a bay opening out onto the Pertuis Sea, and sheltered by the islands of Ré, Aix and Oléron, La Rochelle has been a seaside companion of the ocean since its founding. For fishing enthusiasts, we organize sea excursions for offshore fishing Along the rocky coasts or winding narrow canals, the Charente-Maritime coastline conceals delicious aquatic treasures. An experience to be lived while respecting protected species and the seasons.
Explore the sea and its mysteries while embarking on a two-hour journey of discovery. Discover the heart of the oceans by visiting one of the largest private aquariums in Europe. Meet more than 12,000 marine animals and let yourself be amazed by the biodiversity of the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and tropical seas. The aquarium has been committed to protecting the environment for many years, notably by developing an observation and treatment program for sea turtles in its unique research center on the Atlantic coast.