La Rochelle and the Ile de Ré

La Rochelle and the Ile de Ré

La Rochelle’s main feature is the “Vieux Port” (“Old Harbour”), which is at the heart of the city, picturesque and lined with seafood restaurants. The city walls are open to an evening promenade. The old town has been well-preserved. From the harbour, boating trips can be taken to the Île d’Aix and Fort Boyard (home to the internationally famous TV show of the same name).  The countryside of the surrounding Charente-Maritime is very rural and full of history (Saintes). To the North is Venise Verte, a marshy area of country, criss-crossed with tiny canals and a popular resort for inland boating. Inland is the country of Cognac and Pineau. Nearby Île de Ré is a short drive to the North, this attractive island is accessible via a 1.8 mile bridge, completed in 1988, from La Rochelle.

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