About La Rochelle
Scenic vistas and historically resonant
Sitting bang in the coastal centre of the Bay of Biscay, La Rochelle can count itself among the most picturesque and historically rich spots on the entire Atlantic coast. Much sought-after over the years (from the Huguenots to the invading Germans), it's bathed in the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, creating a surprisingly good climate on a par with far pricier locations on the Med.
Must see: Take a boat trip from the nearby Ile-d’Aix to the legendary offshore Fort Boyard, a jaw-dropping stone-built maritime fortress once home to 250 servicemen... and much more recently home to the TV game show of the same name.