Drop your bags at the Campanile La Rochelle hotel-restaurant, located near the city center, and set off to explore the old harbor. Beautiful walks await you with the enchanting noise of crashing waves as a backdrop. Sit down at a café terrace to admire the boats and the Saint-Nicolas and Chaîne towers. The arcade-covered streets offer a journey back through time that it would be unfortunate to miss. And the market area promises an intoxicating walk filled with different colors and aromas.
Take a moment to visit the Tour de la Lanterne, the Atlantic coast's last medieval lighthouse. At the harbor, the pleasures of fishing await you. Meet local artisans who will show you their inspired maritime creations before visiting the Tour Saint-Nicolas. Also take one or two days to tour Île de Ré. Bicycle buses are available in the summer, as are electric shuttles that traverse the island to take you to beaches or into various neighborhoods.
La Rochelle has one of Europe's largest aquariums. Six hundred different species from the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Pacific await you. Don't miss the sharks and the Tunnel des Méduses for an unforgettable 360-degree show. Just a few steps from the city, the Palmilud water and leisure park will delight both children and adults. The park features three large pools, waterslides, a children’s pool, jacuzzis and a sauna. Four hectares of outdoor grounds with play areas also await the smallest visitors. La Rochelle also offers beautiful beaches for a breath of fresh air, like the Plage des Minimes, for example.