GITES WITH POOLS
Attraction in the Vendee.
Rochelle is not of course in the Vendee, but anyone who is visiting
this part of France should make an effort to visit this most exquisite
of towns. It is often referred to as the Jewel in the Bay of Biscay.
Check out more attractions in the Vendee.
just inside the Charente Maritime, La Rochelle offers the visitor a
chance to experience maritime France at its very best, from harbourside
cafes and bars you can watch the world go by and experience a maritime
heritage that is difficult to beat anywhere in France.
Behind the inner harbour is a labyrinth of streets with stone arch
covered side walks, vast squares, pretty court yards and everywhere
The Town hall (hotel de Ville) is one of the most impressive buildings and a "must see" on anyone’s itinerary.
The large park that stretch from just behind the Lantern tower on
the harbour entrance all the way back past the centre of town to the
outskirts helps give the town an air of serenity.
harbour is really 3 hourbours each with a distinct flavour of their
own. The main harbour just inside the Chain Towers is always bustling
with activity both on and off the water with the the local cruise boats
taking trips out around the nearby islands and the local water taxis
ferrying passengers across the hourbour and out to the outer marina at
port de minines. The middle harbour is a marina for small to middle
sized yachts a lot more quiet and peaceful.
The third harbour is the old fishing port which now houses the new
aquarium, the Maritime Museum as well as many large and impressive
ocean going yachts. The harbour has a lock and an impressive lifting
Rochelle has not only great charm but an elegance that is rare in
a city of this size. The pace of life is gentle and relaxed and this
rubs off on its many visiters, who by and large are happy to soak up
its atmosphere, sit by the harbour and watch the world go by.
La Rochelle is not noted for its beaches but there are two,one on
either side of the harbour which are much used by the locals and
At night La Rochelle comes alive,there are many great restaurants to
eat at and the harbour and streets are alive with street artists of all
kinds, there are almost two la Rochelles.
out of two near the coast is the Port de Minimes, said to be Frances
largest marina with thousands of yachts and motorcraft of all
descriptions. There are many bars and restaurants and a glorious beach
which is very popular in the afternoon with the students from the
nearby La Rochelle university and a very pleasant place to watch the
boat toing and throwing from the marina.
Across the river mouth is the Port to Peche (fishing port) and the
large commercial port which occasionally sees cruise liners dock. In
this same area are the 2nd world war U boat pens, massive structures
which the french would rather not talk about and are now quite
difficult to view.
From this area you can view the impressive bridge that crosses to the Ile d'Re.