La Rochelle, the unknown of the Atlantic coast

The French Atlantic coast is nearly 2,400 kilometers long. This area is home to several hundred municipalities, including popular seaside resorts such as Arcachon, Biarritz, Biscarrosse, La Baule, Les Sables-d'Olonne, Saint-Jean-de-Monts and much more, not to mention islands such as Noirmoutier, Ré islands, Oléron and Yeu.


Speaking precisely of these islands off the coast of the Vendee and Charente, they enjoy a very great reputation among the French and foreigners so that they eclipse another marvel of the Atlantic, La Rochelle. Indeed, La Rochelle is not only the chief town of the Charente, it is also an exceptional destination, unfortunately poorly known, and even unknown to many tourists.
La Rochelle has all the assets to make it an ideal holiday spot. The city has nothing to envy to all the other French cities in terms of historical and cultural heritages. La Rochelle is a veritable open-air museum representing all the eras. The Old Port and its towers bear witness to a more than glorious past in the 14th and 15th centuries. The same is true of the Grosse Horloge. The streets with arcades, meanwhile, are inheritances of the Middle Ages. To these are added sumptuous buildings, with the complex and prodigious architecture as the Town Hall, the Palace of Justice, the Henry II House, the Hotel de la Bourse, etc.


La Rochelle is also a seaside resort, which means that it has several beaches, the three most easily accessible and best monitored are those of Chef-de-Baie, Minimes and Competition. These are places for relaxation, lazing around, swimming and many other water sports such as sailing, surfing, jet skiing, sea trips to the neighboring islands of Oléron, Re, Aix and Fort Boyard. There is everything to satisfy any type of clientele, children, teenagers, adults and seniors, French and foreign.


The markets and shops of Rochelle are also places where it is good to stroll, to discover local products, but also in search of bargains, not to mention shopping days in shops and other fashion boutiques or evenings trendy restaurants, bars, brasseries and nightclubs. Souvenirs, antiques, fashion items, fruits and vegetables, local wines and other typical rochelais products are offered by warm and welcoming shopkeepers who only want to serve the holidaymakers in search of conviviality and authenticity.