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La Rochelle is very walkable, but hire bikes were very popular as well. We walked miles and had a go on the ferris wheel which was pleasant. We visited the Catedral which was nice. We went late July and it was very busy and clearly...More
came out of aquarium , and went to walk to port , no shade , quite a long walk around to towers , seemed to be quite a lot of open space . bars and cafe and restaurants on front you pay for where you...More
This is a great place to hang out. We were actually staying in an apartment on the Cours des Dames. There was always things going on; artists, bands, performers. Food vibe after 8pm, plenty of restaurants and cafe's. If you are in LR get down...More
Avoid in August. Crowded and very touristy. To be honest, was really disappointed by La Rochelle. Full of high street chain stores and tacky souvenir shops and the usual tourist traps you’d associate with a port town. Real shame. Maybe better off season?
Lovely afternoon wondering round la rochelle shops, cathedral and a bit of the wall. Packet at des minimes and took the cheap happy and quiet Solar 'bus de mer' over to the portal and back. Great way to visit as parking is free and you...More
La Rochelle is the scene of many of my childhood holidays, so I’m not recreating the memories with my kids.
There’s lots of different parts of the old port which make it good to explore, and great to sit at a cafe and people watch.
The old port is lovely and the towers are interesting but avoid eating on the harbour front the food is poor and they don't care. France was once the food capital of the world but it's had its day now .
In Maarch? nope. that is, all the bars etc are already open, none of them actuall close for winter, like further south? but, this is actually nice (apart from the fact that in La Rochelle? it is a really long, wet winter... More
In Maarch? nope. that is, all the bars etc are already open, none of them actuall close for winter, like further south? but, this is actually nice (apart from the fact that in La Rochelle? it is a really long, wet winter!
but, head on down to Le Cav a So chez Gabut... get Sophie to make you a nice warm tea (later on you can switch to some of her excellent wines).. you will be "just around the corner" from the main harbor, but still actually on it, (the left arm, if you are looking down)..
actually, in the three years I lived there I liked this time, there are nearly no tourists.. summer is pure madness..
hope this helps, inspires you to go. it is worth it!
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I am partially disabled (crutches) and didn't take the bus. The ferry is accessible IIRC and the ride is quite nice if the weather is good. The port area is very compact, easy to navigate. The main streets are no problem... More
I am partially disabled (crutches) and didn't take the bus. The ferry is accessible IIRC and the ride is quite nice if the weather is good. The port area is very compact, easy to navigate. The main streets are no problem, the side streets only occasionally. As long as you don't want to visit out of the centre attractions, everything can be done on foot. If the ship's schedule allows it try being on land at dusk.
Public toilets are sparse and restaurants generally don't have fully equipped toilets for invalids, but if you are willing to improvise and ask ahead of time, people quite often go out of their way to be helpful. It's a nice place to visit and risks are minimal, so I encourage you to take a deep breath and just do it.