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A beautiful city perched on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, La Rochelle is a great place to learn about French history and culture. With a rich seafaring past and a beautiful old town, it’s got plenty to keep you busy for the duration of your stay.
If you want to sun yourself on the city’s beaches, July and August are the best times to book your flights to La Rochelle. As this is the most popular time for visitors booking flights to La Rochelle from UK airports, you may find airfares are a little more expensive. However, if you know where to look finding a great deal should still be possible.
Although sunny spells are common, cold Atlantic winds can make temperatures tumble in the winter months. If you want to avoid the cold, book your flights to La Rochelle, France in the late spring and enjoy great weather, cheaper flights and relatively few crowds.
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La Rochelle Airport is conveniently located less than two miles from the city centre. La Rochelle – Île de Ré Airport operates flights to a small choice of European destinations and is easily accessible by bus, taxi and hire car.
A choice of airlines connects La Rochelle with the UK, including:
La Rochelle has an excellent public transport network. Bus routes crisscross the city centre while local trains connect La Rochelle with a number of beaches and destinations in the nearby area.
The most historic part of La Rochelle is the city’s old town. Dating largely from the 16th century, it’s a warren of beautiful buildings, winding streets and quirky shops.
Visit the Tour de la Lanterne, a 15th century lighthouse once used as a prison, and explore the opulent Maison de Henri II, a 16th century townhouse that showcases some of the best Renaissance design.
La Rochelle is one hour ahead of the UK.