The snapshot series:
The snapshot series does exactly as it says on the tin – it gives a short introduction to places where Magellan personnel have visited under four main headings – Where is it, Why Visit, When should I go and Anything Else. As with all towns and cities, there is so much more to do and see than we have listed.
Where is it?
La Rochelle, or Little Rock, takes its name from the town’s elevated position above the marshland bordering the Atlantic Coast of France. A quiet fishing village sheltered from the waves by the Ile de Ré, it became an important commercial harbour in the Middle Ages, thanks to the local production of salt and wine.
La Rochelle, the third most visited town in France, is either the perfect weekend getaway or the ideal starting point from which to enjoy the nearby islands of Ile de Ré or Ile d’Aix and to discover the rest of the fascinating Atlantic coastline of this popular region of France. The town has a long and interesting history as a Huguenot and Protestant enclave as characterised by medieval houses with façades sculpted during the 16th and 17th centuries, streets with arcades and the private mansions of big shipowners. It features four ports – the old port with its iconic towers, the commercial port – La Pallice, the fishing port “Chef de Baie” and the Minimes Port, the largest marina for pleasure boats in Europe.
When should I go there?
Any time of year – it’s fascinating to visit in every season and easy to reach by air or by train from the UK. Once there, La Rochelle is a very walkable town or, of course, you can pick up a Yellow Vélo (the pre-cursor to the Boris Bike – the idea originated from here) and cycle around. Download a La Rochelle app to help you around town.
When visiting, you might like to drive over to the Ile de Ré, often referred to as the Hamptons of France. It’s chic and sassy with wonderful beaches and gorgeous markets.
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