La Rochelle

Flight time: 1 hour 30 mins*

Average temperatures: 6 to 20°C

Currency: Euro (‎€)

Time: GMT +1 hour

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Bienvenue to La Rochelle, the pretty port town on France’s mid-west coast. Hugging the Bay of Biscay, breeze through the terminal at Southampton airport and you’re in one of France’s best kept secrets. A place the French go to holiday to, take time to explore the city’s ancient streets then go and rest a while on the beaches of the west coast. La vie est belle in La Rochelle.

Feast on seafood near the Vieux Port, see the towers, take off to the islands by boat or car - life is as laid back as it comes in La Rochelle and its surrounds.

Head inland and you’re practically in Cognac country, go further south to France’s most famous wineries or take a trip closer to home to the lovely Ile d’Oléron for bicycles, beaches, oysters and fine surfing.

Getting there

Flybe takes off from Southampton airport and flies to La Rochelle in about one hour and twenty minutes. Just 2.5km northwest of the centre, it’s easy to get to when you want to make the most of a car-free weekend away.

To properly explore, you’ll need a car. Hertz, Avis, Sixt and Europcar all have desks at La Rochelle. Pick up a taxi or catch one of the regular buses that take you into the city - or further on to the Ile de Ré.

Things to see and do

Off the beaten track

 

*All flight times are average and will vary.