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Accessible tourism in La Rochelle

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Do you have a disability and want to enjoy a holiday in La Rochelle? Quickly find all the information you need to travel in total peace of mind: essentials, accommodation, restaurants, activities, practical information and travel … We'll tell you everything you need to know.

Discover: welcome to La Rochelle

Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, La Rochelle is located in the heart of Charente-Maritime.

Coming to La Rochelle means discovering:

  • remarkable heritage 
  • exotic maritime landscapes
  • a bubbling cultural life
  • exceptional sites
  • unforgettable stopovers on the islands
  • the softness of its coasts and the calm of its hinterland...

Sound voyages

Discover the stories of La Rochelle and its unexpected gems in a whole new way. Through a podcast of about five minutes, let yourself escape with our passionate and fascinating guides.
Listen to our podcasts (in French)

Adapted holidays: stay in La Rochelle

Find the list of accessible and/or Tourism & Disability labelled tourist activities, accommodation and restaurants in La Rochelle and the surroundings.

Transport and travel

To get around La Rochelle and the region, rely on our public-transport network. Yélo services can adapt to various disabilities to help you discover the destination.

Find out more TRANSPORT AND TRAVEL

Audio-signal traffic lights have been installed at certain pedestrian crossings to help those with visual impairments get about. These audio-signal traffic lights are activated via an individual remote control, which can be delivered on request and upon the presentation of proof:

  • By getting in touch with the Mission Handicap (Disability Service) of the City of La Rochelle: 05 46 51 51 42
  • From the Tourist Office, which has two universal remote controls available to issue.

Parking

Parking in La Rochelle is free for disability-card holders. 
Find out more DISABLED PARKING

Park as close as possible to the Tourist Office:

  • Vieux Port Sud cark park: underground car park with spaces available 24 hours a day. Free for disability-card holders. Elevators take you to ground level; you will then need to cross the road to reach the Tourist Office
Parking proche Office de Tourisme La Rochelle
© Sophie Nogues
  • 2 disabled parking space located just in front of the entrance to the Tourist Office. Free for disability-card holders. This is the perfect space to reach us from, with no road to cross. 
Places PMR devant Office de Tourisme La Rochelle
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Adapted public services

Download the list of public services accessible to people with disabilities: town halls, post offices, shops, pharmacies and more.

List of establishments declared accessible (May 2018)

We're to help! The La Rochelle Tourist Office has been awarded the Tourism & Disability label

Information, personalised advice, useful addresses and more. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We are at your disposal to help you plan your adapted stay in La Rochelle.

Logo Tourisme et Handicap Auditif Mental Moteur

Our Tourist Office is able to accommodate people with all types of disabilities. In 2016 we were awarded the 'Tourism and Disability' label for three types of disability: 

  • Motor disability
  • Mental disability
  • Auditory/sensory disability

(Label to be renewed in 2021 for all four types of disability)

Find out more La Rochelle Tourist Office

Trained staff

The tourist office's reception staff have been made aware of and trained in welcoming and supporting visitors with disabilities.

Accueil T&H Office de Tourisme La Rochelle
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Adapted equipment

moteur

  • Wide and unobstructed circulation spaces
  • Benches available

auditif

  • A whiteboard and marker are available at reception
  • One audio-induction loop is available

mental

  • We offer illustrated guides with pictograms to carry out adapted conversations and facilitate understanding

visuel

  • We accept guide dogs for the blind in our establishment
  • The tourist office provides visitors with two remote controls for audio-signal traffic lights (universal)
  • All obstacles at face height (less than 2m20 from the ground) have been secured
     

Useful numbers and addresses: health and disability

La Rochelle Town Hall:
Public Health and Accessibility Department

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