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La Rochelle without a car… so easy!

Published on 11 August 2017 - Commentaires (0)
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At La Rochelle we love bikes, we wander along the streets and lanes on foot, we take the boat to get to the islands, we hop on the bus to cross the city and get to the villages nearby… You too can switch to the local pace by leaving your car at the carpark and getting around differently and sustainably to discover La Rochelle and its surroundings!


Good idea n°1: borrow a Yellow bike!

Yes, La Rochelle was the first city in France to offer self-service bikes in 1976. Since then, the municipal bike park has expanded and several types of short-term or long-term bike rentals are available (by paid subscription). While staying in La Rochelle, choose short-term bike rentals, available from April to September, at the Yellow Chalet located at the Place de La Motte Rouge, in front of the Tourism Office.


Good idea n° 2: explore the surrounding villages

The villages neighbouring La Rochelle are charming and easy to explore. Old hamlets, picturesque little lanes, oyster farms, typical fishing ports, castles... Set off to explore a remarkable heritage and a unique natural environment. By bike, ride along the160 km of tracks and cycle paths around the city. On foot, follow the pedestrian footpaths dotted with explanatory signs and learn more along the way!

Maps available at the Tourism Office.


Good idea n° 3: relax on the vast beaches of fine white sand

If La Rochelle offers fans of swimming and sunbathing three beaches ideally located in the South, centre and North of the city, you can also enjoy the vast sandy beaches at the gates of La Rochelle: at Aytré and Châtelaillon-Plage, a seaside resort town.

To get to Aytré you can borrow a municipal Yellow bike or take the Yellow bus line n°1 (n°41 on Sundays). To get to Châtelaillon-Plage by bike, follow the Vélodyssée bikepath (Eurovéloroute n° 1) for 13.7 km. You can also take the Yellow bus line n° 16 or “Les Mouettes” (The Seagulls) bus line 9; you could even take the train with its timed connections.


Good idea n° 4: go to the islands by sea

In view of the special location of La Rochelle on the edge of the sea, and the many island surrounding us, it would be a pity not to enjoy a little breath of fresh sea air! Ré Island, Aix Island and Oléron Island, each has its own identity and its special charm! Choose a cruise boarding at La Rochelle, on a motor boat, a sail boat or a catamaran.


Good idea n° 5: La Rochelle City Pass

Practical, clever and economical, La Rochelle City Pass is a passport that enables you to see the sights and access public transportation in the city for unlimited travel within the period of your choice (24 hrs, 48 hrs or 72 hrs). With your City Pass you can use: the bus, boat, ferry, self-serve bikes and the Yellow Night service under special conditions - there are also the TER trains with 6 stations serviced at La Rochelle and in the Greater Urban Community: La Rochelle Gare, La Rochelle Porte Dauphine, Aytré Plage, Angoulins, Châtelaillon-Plage and La Jarrie.


So, are you ready for a journey… without a car?


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