Most popular Villas à La Rochelle
Highlights à La Rochelle
- A foodie paradise
- A historic holiday destination
- Ile de Ré, A fabulous island getaway
- A splendid old port
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Villas in La Rochelle
For a comfortable stay in La Rochelle, you can stay in a beautiful villa in the historic city centre, the Vieille Ville, and still be close to the main beaches. Enjoy fantastic sea views from the balcony of your villa or wake up to the historic surroundings of the city. La Rochelle welcomes all visitors and provides excellent accommodation. Around the Vieux Port the villas feature upgraded amenities and excellent views.Charming villas in a medieval setting
The medieval atmosphere of the city is still present in the architecture of its buildings and villas. Elegant and distinctive limestone facades, decorated with Renaissance elements and half-timbered properties that will make your stay an unforgettable one. As a coastal destination, it still keeps the seafaring reminder of its maritime past, especially those slate tiles protecting the houses from being eroded by sea salted breeze. Spacious bedrooms for families with children and groups of friends, cosy lounges, nice patios and lovely private gardens. If your villa does have a swimming pool, you will enjoy nice dips in those hot summer days but the beach is also just a few steps away from your door. You decide where you will be swimming every day.
Travellers and activities
La Rochelle is a historic gateway to the Atlantic. This former port city was really important since the Middle Ages and nowadays remains as the largest yachting marina in France. The old ramparts were destroyed and now we can admire the great lighthouse tower, the two big towers guarding the Vieux Port and the city walls amongst them. Despite being a modern city, La Rochelle still retains its historical past. In the Old Town there are interesting museums like La Rochelle Maritime Museum, a Museum of Automata with small scale models, located west of the Old Harbour and also, "The Bunker" in the centre of the city, a WWII museum. Around the narrow streets, you can admire the passageways with the beautiful arches and the fantastic Town Hall, one of the oldest in France.La Rochelle for foodies
Food in La Rochelle is one of the best features of this lovely holiday destination. The gastronomy of the area follows traditional and ancient recipes dating back from the Middle Ages. Most dishes are made with local fish and fresh seafood as well as delicacies like oysters. If you fancy a heavier meal, young goat meat will raise your taste buds. For a sweet treat, try the homemade puddings paired with delicious creamy butter or some cheese and yogurt. Experience a culinary boom in your mouth.
Did you know La Rochelle is connected to Canada by one of the Kings’ daughter, Louise, who is depicted in one of the walls of the city? Her suitcase shows the names of La Rochelle and Quebec, where she was sent to help populate New France, Quebec.
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This stunning port is one of the most beautiful ones in France because of the two towers guarding it. These two towers, Saint Nicholas and Tour de la Chaîne have been used as the backdrop of many artworks. At sunset you can enjoy a nice meal with views at the quayside restaurants, while admiring the lit towers and its reflection on the water. A beautiful show for your eyes.2. Visit the Lantern Tower
This is an iconic tower that was used for different purposes during the Middle Ages. It was first a watching tower, then a lighthouse and finally, a prison for priests and other prisoners from the Vendée region. This tower is topped with a large steeple and a stone lantern. The walls are covered with graffiti by prisoners and protected by glass. At the second level, you can get fabulous views of the ocean, the port and the city from the projecting balcony.3. Admire the Porte de la Grosse-Horloge
Porte de la Grosse-Horloge is a remaining testimony of the city’s history. This magnificent access into town becomes a night show when the lights are on, revealing the majesty and glory of the ancient walls. Stroll around the area at night time and admire the magnificent views.4. Minimes Beach, calm by the sea
Spend a fantastic day walking along the beach, basking in the sun and relaxing in a peaceful stretch of sand. Nestled between the marina and the tip of Minimes, during the summer, this beach enjoys the basic facilities for you to enjoy a fantastic day. Water sport lovers will be delighted too, as behind the dike and the port there is an exclusive area to practise windsurfing, sailing, surfing and jet skiing.5. Visit the Ile de Ré
Ile de Ré is a beautiful island to spend a day on and relax. Beautiful and picture-perfect beaches to enjoy with the family or on your own. Fantastic walking paths to explore and keep active and a UNESCO World Heritage Site capital, Saint-Martin-de-Ré, a complete must while you are visiting. After a long day, enjoy a nice meal with fresh fish and produce from the area.6. A fantastic Vieille Ville (Old Town)
Brimming with old-world ambience, the Vieille Ville of La Rochelle invites you to stroll along its streets lined with Renaissance buildings and half-timbered medieval houses that will take you back in time. Admire the Town Hall, Maison de Henry II and browse the many boutiques in Grand Rues des Merciers (Street of the Haberdashers). Continue your tour around the old part of the city and visit the Palais de Justice (Law Courts), the Bourse (Stock Exchange).7. A pleasant walk around Parc Charruyer
Parc Charruyer is a peaceful park to spend a morning or afternoon in this unspoiled nature site, admiring the variety of trees and flowers and the Hibiscus Garden. Follow the path that runs for about 2 miles and cross the bridges over the small river. And if you enjoyed the walk, you can find another green space at the seafront named Allée du Mail, a large lawn that has been used to play Mail, which is the French equivalent to croquet.