La Rochelle tourism and travel guide

Photo of La Rochelle in Charente-Maritime

Visit La Rochelle: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: The historic town and monuments and the vibrant harbour area make La Rochelle one of our favourite towns in France

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near La Rochelle. For detailed visitor information see the La Rochelle travel guide.

La Rochelle is situated in the Charente-Maritime department and Poitou-Charentes region (now part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region), in the west of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Charente-Maritime department (general information: La Rochelle is 399 kilometres from Paris).

Attractions in La Rochelle

The aquarium in La Rochelle features various parts, including a shark tank and many colourful sea creatures: La Rochelle aquarium

The harbour area in La Rochelle is the liveliest part of the town, with numerous restaurants, street entertainers, artists and the aquarium: La Rochelle harbour

The Natural History Museum in La Rochelle contains an eclectic mix of items collected by 19th century explorers: La Rochelle Natural History Museum

These three fortress towers protect the entrance to the harbour in La Rochelle: La Rochelle towers

Tourist classifications for La Rochelle include "secteur sauvegarde".

Popular places to visit nearby include La Rochelle harbour at 0 km and La Rochelle Natural History Museum at 0 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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La Rochelle, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to La Rochelle in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!


... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Charente-Maritime

Map of places to visit near La Rochelle

Markets in and near La Rochelle

Market days in La Rochelle: weekly market: every day;

  • La Rochelle: market every day (0km)
  • Aytre: market Friday (3km)
  • Rivedoux Plage: market Monday and Friday (9km)
  • Chatelaillon-Plage: market Tuesday & Friday & (10km)
  • Saintes: market every day except Monday (13km)
  • Le Bois-Plage-en-Re: market every day (18km)
  • Fouras: market Tuesday & Friday (20km)
  • Marans: market Tuesday (21km)
  • La Couarde-sur-Mer: market every day - seasonal market only (21km)
  • La Bree-les-Bains: market every day - seasonal market only (22km)

More information about La Rochelle, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions near La Rochelle, France

Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting La Rochelle.


Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Georges Clemenceau house (42km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (Maille) (35km)
  • Abbaye Saint Pierre et Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Maillezais) (40km)
  • Abbaye Royale (Nieul-sur-l'Autise) (47km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Eulalie (Benet) (48km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Savinien (Fenioux) (52km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins du phare de Chassiron (22km)
  • Jardins de la Boirie (27km)
  • Jardins de Chaligny (45km)
  • Jardins du Bâtiment (45km)
  • La Roche Courbon (47km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Forêt de Benon (29km)
  • Baie de l'Aiguillon (29km)
  • Hiers-Brouage (35km)
  • Forêt de Saint-Trojan (37km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Natur'Zoo de Mervent (50km)

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: La Rochelle

Canton: Rochelle

Arrondissement: Rochelle

Department: Charente-Maritime

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 17000

Distance to La Rochelle

from La Rochelle (prefecture): 0 km

from Paris: 399 km

from Calais: 577 km

from Nice: 717 km

from Bordeaux: 154 km

from Strasbourg: 722 km

Getting here

La Rochelle is in the west of France. Most visitors will arrive by car typically from a channel ferry ports such as Saint Malo, Caen or Cherbourg, a drive af about 4-5 hours. For driving distances to La Rochelle from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 6 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Aytre, Lagord, Nieul-sur-Mer, Perigny, Puilboreau and Saint-Xandre.

This page in French: Visiter La Rochelle