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City:La Rochelle

Oyster City

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The town of Marennes, at around 60 KM south of La Rochelle, hosts the largest oyster culture French center.The visits are followed by oyster tasting.
The center is open from April until the beginning of November - Toussaint Holiday.
eyecandyWeb Site:www.cite-huitre.com
eyecandyAddress:Voie de la Cayenne, 17320 Marennes
eyecandyPhone:05 46 36 78 98

La Rochelle Traditional Jazz Festival

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The jazz festival - that celebrates the historic links between the port city of La Rochelle and the "New World" - takes place each year in beginning of May. Many concerts are free and/or take place on public squares.
Dates: May 31st to June 4th 2017
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eyecandyWeb Site:www.larochelledixiejazz.fr
eyecandyAddress:La Rochelle
eyecandyPhone:09 75 93 58 49

La Rochelle Aquarium

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The aquarium of La Rochelle, located in the heart of the city, is one of Europe's largest private aquariums. Spread on a surface of 8,445 m2 (or more than 90,000ft2) , it is the home of more than 12,000 animals of 600 different species that live in more than 3 million liters of sea water.
Each year the aquarium welcomes more than 800,000 visitors, making it the most visited aquarium in France.
eyecandyWeb Site:www.aquarium-larochelle.com
eyecandyAddress:Quai Louis Prunier, 17002 La Rochelle
eyecandyPhone:05 46 34 00 00

Historical Multi-Eras Costume Party in Brouage

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The "Brouage en Costume Passion" association organizes each year in June in the citadel of Brouage the Historic Festival. The main goal of this event is to ressurect the fort's historic past from Middle Ages to the First Empire.
Dates: June 24 and 25 2017.
eyecandyWeb Site:www.brouage-en-costume-passion.fr
eyecandyAddress:21 Rue du Canada - 17320 HIERS BROUAGE
eyecandyPhone: 06 25 05 19 02

Château La Roche Courbon Medieval Festival

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Date: June 18th 2017
eyecandyWeb Site:www.larochecourbon.fr
eyecandyAddress:Saint-Porchaire, France
eyecandyPhone:05 46 95 60 10

Port and Sardine Feast in Ars-en-Ré

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Saturday, June 10, 2017
At 3 pm: Marine songs "Les Gaillards des pertuis"
At 5pm: Parade of the old ships
At 6:15 pm: music: selected pieces from the Philharmonie d'Ars
At 6.30 pm: Opening of the restaurant: Grilled sardines or roast turkey, potatoes from Ars en Ré, rice pudding cream caramel
At 8:45 pm: Concert
eyecandyWeb Site:www.iledere-arsenre.com
eyecandyAddress:Ars-en-Ré, Charente-Maritime
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Templars' Festival in Châteaubernard

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Châteaubernard is a town situated some 111 km (69 mi) South east of La Rochelle.
The Templars' Fest takes place next to the Templar Chapel.
Animations include: medieval camp, medieval market, historical reenactment etc.
Next festival will take place in 2018
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eyecandyWeb Site:www.ville-chateaubernard.fr
eyecandyAddress:Châteaubernard, Charente
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Visit the Ile de Ré sea urchin hatchery

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The sea urchin hatchery is situated in the town of La Flotte on Ile de Ré.
The hatchery can be visited - with urchin tasting - from April to September on Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment only.
eyecandyWeb Site:www.loursinedere.fr
eyecandyAddress:La Flotte, Ile de Ré, Charente Maritime
eyecandyPhone:05.46.66.54.08

La Rochelle Museums

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Interesting visits and collections at 5 of the La Rochelle museums: New Wolrd Museum , D'Orbigny-Bernon Museum , Beaux Arts Museum , Natural History Museum and Maritime Museum .
All the museums with the exception of the Maritime Museum can be visited free of charge the first Sunday of the month between the month of October and April (included).
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eyecandyAddress:La Rochelle
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