Popular Lettings à La Rochelle
Highlights à La Rochelle
- A culinary paradise
- A historic location
- Ile de Ré, The perfect seaside getaway
- Ancient port
Most popular à La Rochelle
Holiday rentals and lettings in La Rochelle
As a seaside resort town, many holiday rentals are close to the most beautiful beaches but yet in the heart of its historic centre, which is always in high demand. Whether you decide to wake up to sea views or historic surroundings, in La Rochelle you will find the perfect accommodation. For those with a sailing spirit, rentals around the Vieux Port will be your best bet. In the centre of town, Vieille Ville, surrounded by the narrow pedestrian streets lined with elegant but convenient rentals.Charming holiday rentals with medieval style
Half-timbered medieval houses in the old town of the city as well as Renaissance architecture give these rentals a special charm. Rentals in La Rochelle also keep a seafaring reminder with its bright limestone facades and slate tiles covering the houses to protect them from the salt air. Spacious rooms for families and groups, with all the amenities and a range of styles for you to choose from. Enjoy a summer BBQ in the garden, take a dip in the pool or access the beach in less than 1 minute!
Holidays in La Rochelle
The area and getting around
This coastal city in southwestern France, known as the White city, has a maritime tradition since the 12th century that is reflected in its Vieux Port (Old Port) and the modern Les Minimes Marina. Tradition and modernity combined to offer the best for your seaside holiday. Wander around the Old Town and learn about its past, have a wonderful day at the beach or give your best swing at the Golf Club Oleron.Discover the historic past
This ancient seaside resort is full of history behind its walls which you can discover in its several museums. Eight renovated ships to visit at The Maritime Museum, fine art at the Musée des Beaux Arts or the Musée d’Histoire Naturelle with an astonishing collection of objects collected worldwide. Another piece of its past is the Neoclassical Saint-Louis cathedral with a magnificent Barroque interior. A pleasant stroll around the old part of the city will mesmerise all visitors with all these stunning sights and magnificent old buildings.
Travellers and activities
We cannot imagine holidays without the local gastronomy, can we? This is one of the most interesting culinary regions in France that keeps many traditional recipes from the Middle Ages. Its local gastronomy is based on fish and seafood, of course. Have a go at Restaurant Le Bouillon or Les flots for a fine dining or L’Amaranthe for local cuisine. Do not miss the sea bass in coarse salt and the oysters. Meat lovers will also find good choices, especially young goat meat. And for your puddings, add a dairy product to some meals such as yogurt or cheese. It goes without a saying that pastries and desserts are also a fantastic option as some of them are made of the fabulous creamy butter from the region. Treat your tastebuds now!La Rochelle for history lovers
Although a modern city has been built, La Rochelle retains its historical past. A magnificent Old Port guarded by medieval towers is the first thing travellers will see on their arrival. Then, in the Old Quarter there are interesting museums where you will find out about merchants and their expeditions and admire the artefacts they brought in. The most remarkable thing in the old part of town are the criss-cross streets including several passageways covered by its 17th-century arches. Finally, the masterpiece of them all is the oldest town hall in France, Hotel de Ville, still being painstakingly rebuilt inside, after the fire that engulfed it in October 2013.
The Knights Templar main fleet was stationed in La Rochelle for a long time and it is where they had their largest base on the Atlantic Ocean.
Top 5 travel tips in La Rochelle
This gorgeous port is one of the most beautiful sights a traveller can get on arrival. Once there, you can see the close relation between the city and the ocean. Strolling along Quai Duperré, the magnificent towers of Saint-Nicolas and Tour de la Chaîne are an impressive backdrop that many artists like Signaoc or Vernet have depicted in their artworks. When the sun starts to set and the towers are lit up you can enjoy the view of their reflection on the water having a seat for your evening meal at any of the delicious quayside restaurants.2. Visit the famous towers
Saint Nicholas, the tower named after the patron saint of fishermen and anglers, is the tallest of them all and it was designed as a fort to protect the town. Inside you will see passages, chambers, a labyrinth of spiral stairways and historical curiosities like the oak stakes of its foundations. The other tower, instead, was more intended to look beautiful with its octagonal spire although the 4th level was used as a prison for two centuries. Visit the outdoor gallery for a beautiful panorama of the city and the port and see for yourself the wall graffiti engraved by the inmates.3. The majestic Porte de la Grosse-Horloge
As we said, this city has a rich historical heritage and proof of that is the splendorous gate Porte de la Grosse-Horloge. This is the waterside access into town, through its medieval walls. Illuminated during the night and rising stately during the day, with the octagonal belfry and its heavy bell, it will flabbergast all visitors!4. Under the sun at Minimes Beach
Spend a day at the beach with your dearest ones and enjoy the tranquility on this monitored beach. Located between the marina and the tip of Minimes this sandy beach is well equipped with all the services during the summer season. Long days under the sun can be more fun when practising water sports so sport lovers are in luck as they will have and exclusive small area behind the dike and the port for windsurfing, sailing, surfing and jet ski.5. The perfect day away on an island
Ile de Ré is an idyllic island where you can relax on its sandy and picture-perfect beaches. If you want to get away from the crowds, explore the hiking trails or cycle the scenic paths. A visit to the designated UNESCO World Heritage Site capital, Saint-Martin-de-Ré, is a total must. Thinking of something to eat? Any of the seafood restaurants serve exquisite menus with daily fresh fish. Our advice? Sit down, relax and enjoy the island and its slow pace.