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Saint Nicolas Tower, when history shows up in the heart of the city. Erected in the 14th century, Saint Nicolas Tower is an imposing fortress located on the Old Port of La Rochelle. Along with the Tour de la Chaîne, it’s the gateway to the harbor and for five centuries has ensured the management of trading ships entering its harbor. Along with this architectural structure is the Tour de la Lanterne, which served as a lighthouse and was used to lay up boats upstream from the harbor. Saint Nicolas Tower, which was a detention center and then the royal abode, is now a museum. There you’ll discover large superimposed halls linked to each other through a complex circulation system. Listed as a historical monument in 1879, it’s slightly slanted, with its foundations struggling to keep it upright! Cross the old city and its half-timbered streets and then reach the shops, cafés and restaurants along the Vieux-Port. Have a seat on one of the many terraces and enjoy the remarkable views of marina boats that quietly bump into each other in front of you. On summer evenings, the towers light up and are a theatre of dazzling night shows.
The port des Minimes, a place of dreams… Created in 1972, the port des Minimes is the main site on the La Rochelle Marina. With 4,500 spaces spread over four basins and more than 15 kilometers of pontoons, it’s a place where you can stroll while daydreaming, where you can admire the diversity of ships by imagining their far distant voyages… Plan a day out from your Campanile hotel La Rochelle Nord Puilboreau to discover the neighborhood.After a stroll on the harbor, head to West where the Minimes beach welcomes you, for a family picnic. Young bathers can enjoy the calm waves as the beach is monitored all day long. Those who love to walk can continue to the Parc des Minimes, a rolling garden bordered by limestone cliffs jutting out into the ocean. Popular with strollers, the Pointe des Minimes is the ideal place to watch the sunset. Don't miss the stunning Lighthouse of the Edge of the World, an octagonal shaped wooden construction.It’s the identical replica of a lighthouse on the Isla de los Estados, bordering Argentina, in Tierra del Fuego…
La Rochelle Aquarium, an ocean of wonders! Dream, learn and understand the sea. These are the aims of La Rochelle Aquarium. In approximately 3 million liters of sea water, the Aquarium displays nearly 650 marine species! Take an aquatic break and come and discover the richness of the great oceans with your family, through a fun and themed visit of about two hours. The spaces were created with children in mind and you can see sharks, turtles, colorful tropical fish and even scintillating Atlantic Ocean species. Don’t wait. From your Campanile hotel, come and discover the 83 aquariums of this marine museum has to offer that will take you to the heart of the various seas across the globe through the reconstruction of natural habitats (hanging rocks of the Mediterranean, mangrove of the Caribbean, coral reef of the Red Sea, etc.) Each aquarium is complete with attractive signage adapted to children. Observation workshops and activities are regularly organized by the aquarium’s teams, for a chance to learn what goes on behind the scenes at the aquarium during thematic encounters, such as what do fish eat, the specificities of algae, etc. The leading tourist attraction in Charente-Maritime, these blue-toned corridors will enchant young and old alike.
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