Affectionately known as ‘the white city’ due to its glimmering array of luminous limestone facades, the picturesque port of La Rochelle bristles with the incandescent beauty of historical architecture and maritime majesty. A beautiful marina is a stylish and sophisticated place to enjoy champagne and seafood, while the evocative make of the old town presents a veritable banquet of half-timbered tradition and Gothic grandeur.
The colossal structure of Tour Saint Nicolas reigns supreme over La Rochelle’s calm ocean, providing a rich reminder of the city’s maritime legacy. A sophisticated symbol of power and defence, the structures interior comprises of a twisted tangle of staircases and corridors that can be ascended to enjoy panoramic ocean vistas from the 52m high summit.
La Rochelle’s most alluring attraction is its astounding Aquarium, a magnificent maritime museum that boasts over 12,000 species of sea life. As one of Europe’s largest aquariums, the institution showcases every species from seahorse and sharks to crabs and clown fish.
La Rochelle’s refreshing cultural highlight is undoubtedly the Museum of Small Scale Models, which documents the region’s illustrious past through endlessly creative ways. Small scale replicas of historic scenes and 3000 automated models of famous faces contribute to the fun-filled experience of this excellent museum.
Enjoy the effortless elegance of fine French culture and cuisine at the lovely Rose des Vins Restaurant. A warm ambience exudes from this market place gem dedicated to serving regional specialities and class cuisine. Ensure a fine wine accompanies your meal from the extensive list and sit on the street-side al fresco dining area to watch passers-by enjoy the inviting atmosphere of this charming city. (16, rue des Cloutiers, 17000 La Rochelle, France)