About Port La Rochelle
Walk around La Rochelle...the Port/Gate is hard to miss.
First To Review: Danielle L.
Jun 21, 2008
This is a beautiful place to walk around and see old and new in France. I love the street merchants..I picked up some great watercolors. Try to catch the sunset. La Rochelle also hosts a great boat show. This is a fun city to walk in the late spring/late summer/early fall. Try to avoid the high holiday season in France (August)...and the winters can can chilly/raining in this part of the country...but this area is great...especially in late spring or early fall...before/after the high season when the weather is good. Oh, and of course, the seafood...it goes without saying, doesn''t it?
Aug 20, 2009
The centerpiece of old La Rochelle is the harbor. The entrance to the harbor is framed by two towers, one of which is sometimes, but not often, referred to as the "Tower of the Three Sergeants". Legend has it that three allied sergeants hid in the tower when La Rochelle was occupied by the Germans during World War II when the Germans used the harbor as a U-boat center of operations. The pedestrian mall around the harbor today is filled with street merchants, quaint bars and restaurants, students and "free spirits". The aptmosphere is friendly and unassuming. Just be careful when crossing the busy streets!
Oct 27, 2008
I was there in August and although it was amazingly busy I loved that I was in the holiday destination of French people. I enjoyed the bustle of French holiday makers and being part of that culture. The busy season also meant there was a lot going on. I loved the buskers on the promenades in the evening.
We had a wonderful spot right near the water where we could people watch and see the sea all at once.
It is a bit of a drive to the beach.
Oh yes, and my dad couldn't get over the fact that people just threw un-wrapped baguettes right in the trunk of the car. amazing :)