Museums and tourist attractions

Whether you are in a distinctive hotel from the 18th century, on a boat, in one of the biggest private aquariums in Europe, in scenery recreated to size, in real bustling wineries or castles; La Rochelle’s museums and tourist attractions in the heart of La Rochelle and the surrounding area take you on incredible journeys to the heart of science, art, history and nature... Now boarding!

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CHATEAU DE LA PÉRAUDIÈRE
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The Normandin-Mercier Cognac and Pineau des Charentes house is open for you to visit its old distillery and cellars, and for you to taste its Cognacs and Pineau de Charentes. There are also workshops where you can learn even more about the art of tasting or blending. Visits and tastings from Monday to Friday at 10 am and 2:30...

CHATEAU DE LA ROCHE COURBON
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Built in the 15th century, this fortified castle was transformed into a country residence in the 17th century by the marquis Jean-Louis de Courbon. 3-hour visit of a lived-in and furnished castle. PREHISTOZEN tour (from May to October) to discover the prehistoric caves in a wild natural setting.

HERMIONE ET ACCRO-MÂTS
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At the heart of the naval dockyard, be a part of the Hermione’s wonderful adventure, the largest French replica of an old sail boat. Come and visit this 18th century threemaster sail boat, meet her crew, and discover the craftsmen's expertise.

ÉCOMUSÉE DU COGNAC
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1989 ... 2019 the Cognac Ecomuseum celebrates its 30th anniversary ... The Bel Age! June 29th and 30th, 2019: open doors, free admission, lots of entertainment Home on the family vineyard of XIX century. To see more than 800m ² of exhibitions : winegrower museum, audiovisual show (3 screenings a day in July / August), perfume...

LES VIGNERONS DE L'ILE DE RE
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Come and visit us, and discover the secret of the perfect blend of tradition and modernity. Sheltered by the Gulf Stream and rocked by the mild Atlantic climate, the vineyards of the island slowly mature in the Charentais sun. Combination of a beautiful terroir and an ancestral know-how, the vine products are awaiting you at...

PALEOSITE
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10 minutes from Saintes, the Paléosite invites you to embark on a journey back to prehistoric times: life-size exhibition, shows on giant screens, 3D shows, facial morphing, full-body scan, etc. Outdoors, you’ll discover the Neanderthal and Homo sapiens villages, a mammoth cemetery, models and life-size animals. Prehistoric...

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