The best things to do in La Rochelle

Les 5 incontournables
Francis Giraudon

What to do in La Rochelle during the holidays or for a weekend? Between ocean and cultural heritage, La Rochelle is discovered in any season ... We give you our must-haves to live in the White City for a day, a weekend or why not much more?

1. Discover the local flavors of market 

Unthinkable to spend a few days in La Rochelle without taking a walk through Les Halles, one of the unmissable places of the city! Small old market, the Halles are a perfect mix between authenticity and charm: potatoes of Ile de Ré, freshly caught fish or oysters from the corner, enjoy to fill up with flavors of La Rochelle!

2. Enjoy a gourmet meal at Les Flots Restaurants

Directly front of the old habour of La Rochelle, there is a great institution from 1945 : les Flots Restaurant.

Fine and refined dishes, which will delight the most demanding palates! Book a table overlooking the Old Port and make your choice among the marine flavors of the map.

3. Taste the speciality of La Rochelle

Notice to gourmands, you will not be able to resist the call of the stones of La Rochelle! Head to the rue de l'Escale, and more specifically to the Criollos chocolate factory for a discovery full of flavors ... Sebastien and Nathalie are waiting for you to make you taste their sweetness: the pavement of La Rochelle.

Become the specialty of La Rochelle, this small square of gianduja with hazelnuts and cocoa is the perfect gift that will please for sure!

4. Climb to the top of the tower Saint-Nicolas

Must go to the Old habour to discover the three towers of La Rochelle: the guardians of the city! Climb to the top of the Saint-Nicolas Tower, the highest, to enjoy the 360-degree panorama of the port and La Rochelle.

If you feel like it, do not hesitate to visit the Tour de la Chaîne and the Lantern Tower to complete your excursion in the Old Port of La Rochelle.

L’Astuce : Take the pass that will allow you to access the three towers to see the Old Port and La Rochelle from every angle!

5. Dream at the Aquarium of La Rochelle

How to visit La Rochelle without a stop in the famous aquarium ? It's one of the bigest private aquarium from Europe, this space dedicated to marine creatures attracts marine life enthusiasts. Take a family stroll through the aquarium aisles to discover the 12,000 specimens.

Do not miss the jellyfish tunnel and arm yourself with courage to approach the sharks. Small and big, you will necessarily leave the eyes full of stars of your visit!

L’Astuce : Collecting turtles stranded during the winter, the La Rochelle Aquarium releases them in early summer on the beaches of Île de Ré: a magical moment that you can attend!


Come for 48h and more

The time of an afternoon or a weekend, why not escape on the pretty Ile de Ré? Ten minutes from La Rochelle by car, just more by bike, the Ile de Ré is kilometers of wild landscapes, between salt marshes and sandy beaches.

Direction Saint-Martin-de-Ré to stroll through the streets with the scents of hollyhocks, you can contemplate the Atlantic Ocean from the ramparts for an iodized break.
Discovery of the salt marshes or rather idleness on one of the beaches of the Island? Explore the beautiful Rétaise from North to South to appreciate the charm of its varied landscapes. Do not forget to take your camera!

L’Astuce : Take the navette to the Ré Island at 1€