Here are five suggestions of things to do if you visit La Rochelle in the Poitou-Charentes region of France. www.visit-poitou-charentes.com:
Visit the covered market for all manner of delicious foods, flowers or for that bottle of Pineau (a regional speciality).
Climb to the top of either or both of the fortified towers that still guard the harbour: The Lantern Tower or the St Nicolas Tower (open 10.00 – 18.30).
Go museum visiting: suggestions include the National History Museum (www.museum-larochelle.fr/en.html); the Museum of Maritime History – literally located on a ship (www.museemaritimelarochelle.fr); or even the Perfume Bottle Museum! The aquarium too is one of the best in Europe – www.aquarium-larochelle.com.
Take a sunset cruise on a catamaran with or without dinner – an unforgettable experience (www.kapalouest.com).
Or just people watch down at one of the many harbour bars, cafes and restaurants. Make sure you try one of the ice creams from Ernest Le Glacier. Careful though, with so many flavours to choose from, they can become addictive!
Contributor: Sue Lowry
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