Things to do in La Rochelle

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Things to Do in La Rochelle

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  • Pierre H
    Rhode-Saint-Genese, Belgium5 contributions
    Great place but … crowd control anyone ?

    I understand that the pass sanitaire for COVID 19 is essential. But even with this as a precaution, oh how uncomfortable I felt in this amazing place just heaving with people.

    So go … but out of season and off peak hours. Cause the amount of people they let in is crazy.
    Written 10 August 2021
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  • DJS54
    Braintree, UK875 contributions
    Our short visit to La Rochelle found it just as beautiful as we had been led to believe it was. We went there over the Ascension day holiday period and it was buzzing. It was also just 2 days before the European Rugby Champions Cup Final which La Rochelle were playing in (and won) so there were numerous banners and flags flying, the club emblem was projected onto the Chain Tower in the evenings and the overall atmosphere was great.
    There are many pedestrianised areas but huge numbers of cyclists and cycle hire places so you need your wits about you when walking around that you don’t transgress across a cycle lane as they were generally moving at some speed. Indeed the Rue St Jean du Perot may be semi-pedestrianised but whilst we were walking down it to check out a restaurant for dinner we were in danger of being mown down by fast moving Deliveroo/Uber Eats type couriers on bicycles delivering their orders.
    Around the Old Port numerous nautically named restaurants and bars jostle for prime position on the harbour front, displaying their menu’s to entice you inside. It was a strange to see that whelks (which are not my preferred seafood) seemed to be in abundance on the various menus in addition to the more expected oysters, prawns and various types of fish.
    A map from the tourist board furnished us with details of a 3 hour walk around the town which takes in some of the notable and historic sites that abound in the colonnaded and sometimes narrow streets.
    Written 5 July 2022
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA13,167 contributions
    This is probably the most memorable site in town and if you have a drink or meal at the port and waterfront, you will surely see the towers. They are the historic entrance to the port.
    Written 13 July 2021
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  • DJS54
    Braintree, UK875 contributions
    A slight detour away from our walking tour around the town led us to this remarkable piece of WW2 construction. Built underneath what was then the Hôtel des Étrangers this bunker complex was designed to provide shelter for German U-Boat officers who were billeted in the requisitioned hotel above.
    Having paid one’s entrance fee and received one of the A4 sized guidebooks available in a relevant language one continues down a flight of fairly steep steps before stepping through a blast door and entering this subterranean world that takes you back some 80 years in time. The walls contain posters/information sheets and numerous video screens play newsreel film from the period. There are numerous display cases of various artefacts from the period along with reconstructed scenes telling stories of the occupation of La Rochelle, the creation of the bunker, and of some of the men who inhabited it. The structure may have only been a couple of metres below ground level but it had 2 metre thick reinforced concrete walls that contained a dormitory area and half a dozen individual rooms for the highest ranking officers. In addition there was a fairly large bar area and various offices and communications rooms. Weirdly some of the walls and ceilings are covered with frescoes painted by two German women who were brought in for that express purpose.
    If you have an interest in the Second World War, U-Boats or are simply curious as to the lives of some of the people at the time a visit is worth a good hour of your time
    Written 5 July 2022
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  • Turner S
    Paris, France1,208 contributions
    One of the best markets I’ve visited. It was like Les Halles Paul Bocuse in Lyon except not pretentious and expensive. I liked that market too, but I loved the one in La Rochelle. Just looking at the food available was impressive and overwhelming. If you are lucky, you can snag a table and eat oysters straight from the seafood stalls. The outskirts have cafes. Incredible people watching. It’s a must see for La Rochelle visitors.
    Written 28 July 2021
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  • Nick R
    Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, France17 contributions
    Really very interesting museum, didn’t really want it to end.
    Definitely something for everybody.
    There is also a lovely boat top bar at the end.
    Written 15 June 2021
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  • Judit E
    London, UK98 contributions
    The first museum is all about moving models. Felt like they look straight into my soul. I found them creepy but amusing and amazing at the same time. There were quite a few that would be very much wrong scenes to show. I think I was rather amazed than enjoyed it.
    The second museum is a complete different story. It brought me back to life with the car and ship models and the brilliant train tables.
    All in all both are definitely worth a visit.
    Written 25 March 2022
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  • Antoine R
    Paris, France114 contributions
    We went there for an hour and a half, schedule 2 hours to see it all. Lovely temporary exhibition of Easter Island that explains a lot of misteries as actual simple facts.
    Written 13 August 2020
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  • RJ_Singh
    London, UK28 contributions
    A very quick dog walk off-lead through here on a cold day. A beautiful space. Perfect for the dog to stretch his legs. Easy to walk here from central La Rochelle.
    Written 27 November 2021
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  • Daniel K
    Angers, France149 contributions
    We spent a touor in the sight. Nothing special to see tht you can to see from the town's towers! With children it might be worth the happening
    Written 11 February 2019
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA13,167 contributions
    This is definitely one of the places where you will want to stroll. It's at the center and at the waterfront, so you will be here. It's the big clock tower.
    Written 12 August 2020
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  • Richard S
    Bracknell, UK591 contributions
    We have visited La Rochelle many times, and the weather was glorious when we were here in August 2019, on the way back from Spain. The restaurants and bars make this s superb place to while way a few hours by day and by night, when the ambiance gets livelier. You can hire a bike as we did, to best see the range of boats on view.
    Written 3 March 2020
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  • simply-peregrinating
    Waddington, UK2,754 contributions
    A small area to stroll through and admire the architecture and shops. Plenty of interesting shops from book shops to bakers as well as a few places to eat. The area by the harbour was very busy with lots of people on our visit but Quartier Saint Nicolas was almost deserted.
    Written 26 June 2020
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  • simply-peregrinating
    Waddington, UK2,754 contributions
    A modern area by the harbour with a wide open flagged area that affords views across the water to the old part. Mostly wooden buildings with lots of places to eat and drink. Part of the area has street art too, good to stroll around, it's not a large area so it is easy to see.
    Written 26 June 2020
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA13,167 contributions
    This is a good first stop on your visit. You can pick up some maps and info on the region, plus info on hotels and restaurants. You will be able to plan an efficient visit. Staff are helpful.
    Written 11 August 2020
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