Visit La Rochelle and its beaches
Discover La Rochelle during your stay
It is one of the best known and most beautiful port cities in France: rich in history and heritage, La Rochelle attracts many visitors every year.
Make a stopover in the city known as the White City!
Visit the heart of La Rochelle
The old port of La Rochelle is a real landmark of the city and a must-see during your visit! Stroll along the quays and admire the view of the red lighthouse and its famous towers.
And why not climb one of them? Open to visitors, the Saint Nicolas, La Chaîne and La Lanterne towers open their doors to you: discover their stories and their specificities! Climb to their summits to enjoy a splendid view of the old port.
Less than 300 metres from the Tour de La Chaîne is the Tour de l'Horloge: listed as a historic monument, this former 12ᵉ century gateway separated the city of La Rochelle from its port. Its civil bell, installed in the 15ᵉ century, is the heaviest in Charente-Maritime.
Don't forget to make a diversion to the Cloître des Dames Blanches, which hosts new exhibitions every summer, or the Hôtel de la Bourse, the former headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce from 1760 to 2002 and now a listed building.
Finally, take a tour of the Aquarium La Rochelle 🐟 Admire the different basins and their 12,000 marine species for two hours. A journey from the Atlantic to the Tropics that will conquer the hearts of the youngest and the oldest!
The must-see beaches of La Rochelle
Want to breathe the sea air? Take advantage of the proximity of La Garenne Saint Germain to the coast to spend a day at the beach!
La Concurrence beach
Located 10 minutes' walk from the town's old port, this sandy beach offers a view of the Richelieu Lighthouse and the boats heading for the port.
Supervised swimming from 1st July to 31st August, from 11am to 7pm.
Plage des Minimes
Put your towel down near the town's marina! This sandy beach is renowned for its view of the famous Fort Boyard, the replica of the Phare du Bout du Monde and the islands of Ré and Oléron.
You can take advantage of the summer season to play a game of beach volleyball on the specially installed court or take a paddle ride.
Supervised swimming from 1 July to 31 August, from 11am to 7pm.
Beach of Chef de Baie
Situated to the west of La Rochelle, Chef de Baie beach is classified as a sensitive natural area. This beach offers nearly 200 metres of sand for a stroll or to cool off in summer.
Supervised swimming from 3 January to 29 August, from 11am to 7pm.
Book your stay near these destinations
Only 30 minutes from La Rochelle, La Garenne Saint Germain welcomes you to one of its cottages or alternative accommodations with swimming pool. As a family, with friends or as a couple, enjoy an exceptional setting, nestled in a natural setting.