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Destination guide

Seaside fun in La Rochelle in holiday lettings

Book your holiday lettings in La Rochelle and you can enjoy a sprawling seaport in western France. Connected to the Ile de Re, La Rochelle grants travellers access to a wide variety of maritime attractions that are picturesque as they blend modern aesthetics with the old-world architecture that permeates throughout the entire area, as this city dates back centuries. Even the surrounding countryside offers scenic views and a rich history all can enjoy.

History

Historic sites near La Rochelle holiday homes

La Rochelle hosts so many holiday homes these days because it’s largely a resort town, but that wasn’t always the case. War has come through time and again, especially during medieval times, and it left some incredible monuments in its wake. The grand Towers of La Rochelle, for example, are 12th- and 14th-century structures built to guard the harbour and town from invaders, and you’re free to explore them from top to bottom. You can also visit the Porte de la Grosse-Horloge, the 15th-century gate to La Rochelle’s old town, complete with an old working clock. You may also want to visit La Rochelle Cathedral to see a shining example of 18th-19th-century Gothic architecture. Similarly, Eglise St-Sauveur features picturesque stained-glass windows and even depictions of ships on its walls honouring La Rochelle’s maritime role in history.

Things to do

Things to do near La Rochelle holiday cottages

You’ll have no shortage of attractions and activities to enjoy when you stay in one of La Rochelle’s holiday cottages. You can visit Aquarium de La Rochelle, which features 12,000 animals of 600 different species within 3 million litres of water in its tanks. If you want to take to the water yourself, Les Minimes can offer all the transport you need. This marina houses thousands of boats, and you can hire one for cruising, fishing and virtually every other maritime activity. On the seafront, you can also explore the medieval Saint Nicholas Tower, a sturdy medieval fortress that protected La Rochelle for five centuries. You may also want to climb the Lantern Tower to get a panoramic view of the city from this medieval tower that was designed with both aesthetic and military considerations.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around La Rochelle

Are you looking for attractions to see while you're in the area? Travellers enjoy fun activities like boating and cycling. Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes La Rochelle a fun spot to go on holiday. These are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • La Pree Golf (4.1 mi / 6.6 km)
  • Golf Club d'Oleron (15.1 mi / 24.3 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in La Rochelle

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to appreciate the scenery, La Rochelle is a great place to get outside. Here are a few of the area's noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Charruyer Park (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Concurrence Beach (0.5 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Minimes Beach (1.6 mi / 2.6 km)
  • Ile de Re (13 mi / 20.8 km)
  • La Bree-les-Bains Beach (13.6 mi / 21.9 km)
  • La Couarde Beach (13.7 mi / 22 km)
Beaches

Best beaches near your La Rochelle holiday homes

Being a seaside town, you can be sure that holiday homes in La Rochelle offer access to some beautiful, sandy beaches. You can visit Plage des Minimes for a relatively small beach that is suitable for a relaxing swim or collecting some shells in the sand. If you’re less concerned about swimming, you can visit Plage de la Concurrence, which offers areas perfect for boules, but the rocks in the water make it largely unsuitable for swimming. Nearby Plage de Chatelaillon, on the other hand, is perfectly suited for swimmers, offering calm comfortable waters, but be wary of the vast differences between low and high tide. If you’re more interested in angling than swimming, you could travel to Basse Benaie Beach in Sainte Marie de Ré to do some shore fishing.

How to get there

Travelling to and around La Rochelle

Fly into La Rochelle (LRH-La Rochelle - Ile de Re), the closest airport, located 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, La Rochelle Station, La Rochelle Porte Dauphine Station and La Rochelle Station are the main stations that serve the city.

How to get around

Transport to your La Rochelle holiday rental

For the most part, you can walk and bike to every location in La Rochelle without much issue as long as your holiday rental is located in town. The entire town is fairly flat, so biking is particularly easy. There’s even a bike-share scheme in town that visitors can partake in to ensure bikes are always available when needed. Buses are available to take you across town and into the surrounding areas. If you plan on crossing the bridge to Ile de Re, you have to take the bus or drive, as walking and cycling on the bridge is explicitly forbidden.

Can I find a vacation rental around La Rochelle?

Yes, our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 2,323 vacation rentals near La Rochelle. From 103 villas to 1,230 houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near La Rochelle for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to La Rochelle?

Vrbo UK offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in La Rochelle. From Vrbo UK travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • University of La Rochelle: 3,902 vacation rentals
  • L'Espace Encan de La Rochelle: 3,931 vacation rentals
  • Tour St. Nicolas: 3,962 vacation rentals
  • Port des Minimes: 4,007 vacation rentals
  • La Rochelle Station: 3,933 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around La Rochelle listed on Vrbo UK where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in La Rochelle?

Yes, of course. Vrbo UK has 103 Villas in La Rochelle. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in La Rochelle include:

  • Houses: 1,230 rentals available
  • Cottages: 32 rentals available
  • Flats: 876 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in La Rochelle?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 609 vacation rentals with pool available in La Rochelle. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.