Things to do in La Rochelle

Our most recommended things to do in La Rochelle

La Rochelle: Catamaran Cruise

1. La Rochelle: Catamaran Cruise

Head out on a boat trip on a 16-meter maxi-catamaran and admire the La Rochelle coast. Your crew will be able to tell you about the local landscapes and history and also a bit more about the boat itself. Meet at the dock located in front of the 2 historic towers of La Rochelle. After an introduction, you will sail up the channel, admiring the Richelieu Tower and the harbor of Les Minimes on the way. Once at sea, the crew will stop the engine and open the sails for you to relax and soak up the views. Enjoy an apéritif if you brought one and take in views of the ocean, enjoying the lights of the end of the afternoon.

La Rochelle: Entry Ticket to the 3 Towers

2. La Rochelle: Entry Ticket to the 3 Towers

Gain entry to the 3 medieval towers of La Rochelle with one ticket: Saint Nicolas, de la Lanterne, and de la Chaîne. Learn about their tumultuous history and royal past. Get your entry ticket for the main attractions in the Old Port of La Rochelle — the 3 Towers. Dating back to medieval times, learn about the tumultuous history of each of these towers.  From prisons for Huguenots and foreign sailors in the 16th-18th centuries, to military prisons in the 19th century, plenty was happening in La Rochelle in times gone by.  Discover the Saint Nicolas Tower dating back to the 14th century. See how it was equipped with royal living quarters, as well as a chapel, while functioning as a defense tower.  Mosey around the De La Chaîne Tower, also dating back to the 14th century. Home to exhibitions since 1998, it used to be a place to collect taxes from incoming boats and the entrance to the port. Learn how the tower was damaged and rebuilt in the 19th century.  Explore the De La Lanterne Tower, the old lighthouse, ship disarmer, and, later, prison for many centuries. Count the 600 graffiti prisoners left on the walls over the years.

La Rochelle: Private Guided Walking Tour

3. La Rochelle: Private Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide and embark on a walking tour of La Rochelle, taking the sights of the Old Town, the City Center, and the Old Port. Known as "La Ville Blanche" (the white city), learn about this popular tourist destination which has a long history and rich cultural heritage. Discover the fantastic medieval architecture of the city, including the famous Lantern Tower and Saint Nicholas Tower. Hear stories of Eleanor of Aquitaine, the antics of Henry IV, and Cardinal de Richelieu. Learn about the modern developments of the city with its picturesque marina, terraces, and tranquil English-style parks.

La Rochelle: City Attraction and Public Transport Pass

4. La Rochelle: City Attraction and Public Transport Pass

Grab La Rochelle Ocean Pass for your tour around Nouvelle-Aquitaine and access over 30 attractions and the public transport network with one ticket on your phone. Go from the islands of Oleron and Aix to Rochefort, Marais Poitevin, and South Vendée, with La Rochelle in the region's heart. Enter historical landmarks like the Towers of La Rochelle, St. Martin’s Church, Melusine Tower, Rochefort Transport Bridge, Fort Liédot, and La Rochelle’s World War II Bunker. Take a boat trip from Cardinaud pier, a morning catamaran tour, or a cruise to Fort Boyard with island views. Peruse La Rochelle’s famous museums like the New World Museum in an 18th-century private mansion, the Maritime Museum, and the House of the Master of Dikes eco-museum. Venture to nearby towns and visit the Rochefort Hebre Museum or take a guided tour of Brouage and learn about the region’s heritage. Enjoy discounted admission to La Rochelle’s aquarium, Accrobranche, the castles of La Roche Courbon and De Terre Neuve, and a distillery tour at Cognac Normandin-Mercier. Take discounted tours of the towns and villages with or without a guide by bike, canoe, paddle-board, segway, and scooter. Download the app and enter your code to find all these options and more.

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What people are saying about La Rochelle

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 753 reviews

Very nice boat and trip - very good value. I was a little apprehensive when booking the trip (rain or shine and not a good pic of the boat). Captain and mate were very friendly and had just enough English to provide information about the various sites - other guests were more skilled in French/English and filled in the gaps. Wish we could have been closer to the shoreline for sightseeing, but tide was out.

If you go to La Rochelle it is mandatory to take a catamaran ride! With the sunset it's wonderful, we take full eyes! The guides are nice: a little history of La Rochelle, a glass of delicious Pineau des Charentes (and offered!) Go for it!

Good evening, it was essential to leave a little message about our wonderful evening spent with you. The experience was amazing! I recommend 100%!!!

Agnes was an excellent guide. She went at our pace and we learned a lot about La Rochelle that we weren’t acquainted with. Beautiful seaport city!

Had a great time on the boat. The shipper tells interesting things about what we see.