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La Rochelle

Department:Charente-Maritime
Region:Poitou-Charentes
Number of Listed Historic Monuments:399
La Rochelle's Tourist Office Web Site

tourist sitesTourist Sites (in and around the city)

La Flotte Village and Chateliers Abbey La Rochelle tourist site Phares des Baleines (Lighthouse of the Whales) La Rochelle tourist site Ars en Ré La Rochelle tourist site Royal Citadel of Brouage La Rochelle tourist site The Arsenal La Rochelle tourist site La Rochelle City Hall La Rochelle tourist site Fort Louvois La Rochelle tourist site ...

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La Rochellethings to do, activities, eventsThings to Do, Activites

"CAVALCADE" Festival La Rochelle activities "Classique au port" Classical Music Festival La Rochelle activities "Musique en Ré" Classical Music Festival La Rochelle activities "Un Violon sur le Sable" (Fiddler on the Sand) Classical Music Festival La Rochelle activities "Your Guest Is Our Guest" La Rochelle activities Bird Watching on Ré Island La Rochelle activities Brouage by Night La Rochelle activities Château La Roche Courbon Medieval Festival La Rochelle activities Cruises from La Rochelle Vieux Port La Rochelle activities Exceptional stopover of Pen Duicks at the marina in Rochefort La Rochelle activities Gourmet meals on budget La Rochelle activities Gulf Islands Cruises La Rochelle activities Historical Multi-Eras Costume Party in Brouage La Rochelle activities Kite and Wind Festival in Châtelaillon-Plage La Rochelle activities La Rochelle Aquarium La Rochelle activities La Rochelle Museums La Rochelle activities La Rochelle Traditional Jazz Festival La Rochelle activities Medieval Festival at Crazannes Castle La Rochelle activities Mussel Farmers' Fest La Rochelle activities Oyster City La Rochelle activities Port and Sardine Feast in Ars-en-Ré La Rochelle activities Ré Island on Bike La Rochelle activities Sailor Songs Festival La Rochelle activities Salon de la Gastronomie La Rochelle activities Templars' Festival in Châteaubernard La Rochelle activities Trizay Medieval Festival La Rochelle activities Visit the Ile de Ré sea urchin hatchery La Rochelle activities ...

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La Rochelle helpful hintsSome Helpful Hints

La Rochelle train station is the second most beautiful train station of France (after the one of Metz in northeast of the country)- see above picture.

La Rochelle benefits from a microclimate that allows its inhabitants to enjoy almost as many sunny days per year as les Niçois the inhabitants of Nice on the famous Côte d'Azur!
The nearby Ile de Ré holds the record for the highest number of sunny days in the whole of France.

La Rochelle short historyLa Rochelle's Short History

La Rochelle is inhabited since the 9th century when farmers and fishers built their houses on a small rocky hill surrounded by marshland. They name the place Rupella which is the diminutive for Latin for rock: rupes. La Rochelle was born!
In the 12th century when La Rochelle became an important port of Aquitaine, the Duke William X bestows many liberties on the city. Between the 12th century and the 17th century La Rochelle a prosperous port that trades wine and sell with the Hanseatic League passes several times between the crowns of England and France, while maintaining its liberties and quasi-independence....

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