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La Rochelle Vacation Packages

See the ocean from multiple angles in this medieval seafaring city, which features beaches, an aquarium, a maritime museum and one of Europe’s largest marinas.

The 10th-century city of La Rochelle,  has always been centered on the ocean. Originally a fishing village, La Rochelle developed into one of France’s most important ports, sending off the first French settlers to Quebec. Learn about La Rochelle’s seafaring past in its museums, see the grand structures of its Old Port and dip your feet in the Bay of Biscay on one of its several beaches.

Start out at the Old Port, where you will find the two towers that are La Rochelle’s most iconic landmarks. Tour de la Lanterne guards the port and has a 70-foot-tall (21-meter) spire. Climb to the top for views of the city and the Île de Ré Bridge to the north. The westerly Tour de la Chaîne also has wonderful views from its top. Tour Saint-Nicolas, a third tower identical to Tour de la Chaîne, stands farther west.

Wade in the water off Concurrence Beach, a small stretch of sand west of the Old Port. The larger Minimes Beach lies south of the city.

Head to the harbor to find the Maritime Museum. This consists of eight historic boats floating in the water, three of which you can board and explore for a fee. Learn about the waters around the city at La Rochelle Aquarium. Spanning all three stories of the building is one gigantic shark tank, featuring nurse and reef sharks among others.

The city’s other museums include the Natural History Museum, featuring a wide array of marine fossils, and the Musée des Automates, which exhibits more than 300 animatronic figurines. Check out the Museum of Fine Arts to see a broad collection of European art with an emphasis on the French realist painters from around La Rochelle.

Get around the compact city of La Rochelle on foot and by bus. Reach the city through its regional airport, which is served by inexpensive airlines from many cities around Europe. Otherwise, for the most appropriate experience, enter the city by ferry boat.


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£41
B&B Hotel La Rochelle Centre

B&B Hotel La Rochelle Centre

140 boulevard Joffre, La Rochelle
4.3
of 5, from 13 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in La Rochelle City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of L'Espace Encan de La Rochelle, Tour St. Nicolas, and La Rochelle Hotel de Ville. Musee du Nouveau Monde and Tour de la Chaine are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£36
Hôtel Altica La Rochelle

Hôtel Altica La Rochelle

49 Rue de la Scierie, La Rochelle
3.7
of 5, from 10 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in La Rochelle, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Musee de la Marine, Tour St. Nicolas, and Tour de la Chaine. Tour de la Lanterne and La Rochelle Hotel de Ville are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£37
Hotel Henri IV

Hotel Henri IV

31 rue des Gentilshommes, La Rochelle
3.8
of 5, from 26 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in La Rochelle City Centre, this hotel is steps from Vieux Port and La Rochelle Hotel de Ville. Musee du Nouveau Monde and Musee des Beaux-Arts are also within 10 minutes.

£62
Central Park Hotel & Spa

Central Park Hotel & Spa

4 Avenue Jean Guiton, La Rochelle
4.6
of 5, from 9 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in La Rochelle, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tour de la Lanterne, Tour de la Chaine, and La Rochelle Hotel de Ville. Musee des Beaux-Arts and Musee du Nouveau Monde are also within 15 minutes.

£62
Hôtel Résidence de France

Hôtel Résidence de France

43, rue du Minage, La Rochelle
3.5
of 5, from 21 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in La Rochelle City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Musee des Beaux-Arts and Musee du Nouveau Monde. La Rochelle Hotel de Ville and Tour de la Chaine are also within 15 minutes.

£40
Hotel Kyriad La Rochelle City Centre

Hotel Kyriad La Rochelle City Centre

38 rue des Sauniers, La Rochelle
4.2
of 5, from 62 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of La Rochelle, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Grand Temple, La Rochelle Hotel de Ville, and Musee du Nouveau Monde. Tour St. Nicolas and Musee des Beaux-Arts are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£52
Hotel Saint Nicolas

Hotel Saint Nicolas

13 Rue Sardinerie, La Rochelle
4.4
of 5, from 120 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in La Rochelle City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Temple and La Rochelle Hotel de Ville. Tour St. Nicolas and Musee du Nouveau Monde are also within 10 minutes.

£47
Appart'hôtel Odalys Archipel

Appart'hôtel Odalys Archipel

27 Rue de la Hugenotte, La Rochelle
4.0
of 5, from 97 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This La Rochelle apart-hotel is near to the Port des Minimes marina and about a 10-minute walk from the city center. Tour de la Lanterne and the beach are both within walking distance.

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