Quality Hotel LR La Rochelle
6 bis rue Alfred Kastler
LA ROCHELLE, 17000
Phone: (33) 5 46454046
Fax: (33) 5 46447271
6 bis rue Alfred Kastler Port des Minimes, LA ROCHELLE, FR, 17000
- Phone: (33) 5 46454046
- Fax: (33) 5 46447271
This state-of-the-art aquarium focuses on various types of marine habitat. Come and see jellyfish, fish from the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, as well as one section of the tropical greenhouse. On the first floor, discover sharks and various tanks filled with fish and mollusks from the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Experience in the dark room the bioluminescence phenomenon emitted by certain sea creatures (they glow in the dark). Finally, there is a 120-seat auditorium where films are shown and conferences held. The group rate mentioned is for adults, there are special group rates for children and students. For information on this and other details, do see the website.
The Tour de la Lanterne is one of the three towers that adorns the shores of La Rochelle. It was built between the years 1445 and 1476 with the purpose of keeping a watch at the ships on sea. The lower cylindrical base of the structure has an height of 25 meters which is crowned by an octagonal spire that gives the tower a height of 54 meters. However, from the 17th to the 19th Century, the tower was used as a prison and was at a center of bloody skirmish during the religious war. The top of the tower is accessible by 162 steps where you can see graffiti made by prisoners during their stay inside the tower. It is also known as Tour des Quatre Sergents and Tour du Garrot.
Built at the end of the 14th century, this and a small chain tower destroyed in 1827 were used to block the channel every evening with the help of a heavy chain held between them. In an octagonal room on the ground floor stands a vast model of the town and its fortifications dating back to the 17th century. The tower was badly damaged in 1651 during the Fronde rebellion. An explosion destroyed the roof and the ramparts. The tower's restoration did not start until the 19th century and continued to the beginning of the 20th century.
The three old towers at the picturesque Vieux port present an important chapter in the history of La Rochelle. Lanterne, Saint-Nicolas and Chain are the names of the three towers respectively. All the three towers were built between the 12th and the 15th Centuries and served various functions from watchtower to dungeons. Currently maintained and managed by the Centre des monuments nationaux, the three towers are open to public and are a great way to learn about the history of the region. The stunning views of the ocean are an added bonus. A must-visit when in La Rochelle.
Overlooking the port, this 36-meter high tower was built during the second half of the 14th century to defend the area of the town which includes Faubourg St-Nicolas. It's possible to visit inside the tower: it includes three large octagonal rooms, one on top of the other and surrounded by numerous staircases, galleries, small rooms and a chapel. Although in the 14th century this tower, built on stilts, was isolated in the middle of the water with no walls linking it to land, it is today part of the port.
A visit to La Rochelle is incomplete without a visit to Port of La Rochelle. As an old port, it played an important role in trade and commerce. Bustling with activities, this beautiful port is a place worth visiting. But while you admire the blue sea inhaling whiffs of the ocean, you will certainly lose track of time.
There is a three-kilometer long beach in the town of Chatelaillon (fifteen minutes away from La Rochelle), which is just off the seaside road. Its fine sand will please to those who don't like rocks or pebbles, and it will allow the laziest of you not to walk as you can park your car a few meters away from the beach. On the other hand, if you want to find a quiet place, you might not be making the right choice, especially during the summer...
Some twenty minutes away from La Rochelle, you'll find Fouras peninsula. For centuries this peninsula was occupied by army barracks and this until the middle of the 19th century. Then, the small town developed thanks to tourism and the train. It is also an important oyster-farming center et circuits have been created so you'll be able to discover the gastronomic aspect of this small piece of land, where it is worth going.
Located in Fouras, Eglise de Fouras is housed in a magnificent building with classical architecture. One of the lesser known historical structures in the region, it has a beautiful clock tower greeting visitors to the church. Masses are conducted every Saturday and Sunday. Do pay a visit to this beautiful church when in Fouras.
Dating back to the early 20th Century, the Paroisse Notre Dame Des Marais is a revered site for several locals. This serene place of worship offers religious services like prayers, mass and communions from the time it opened doors in 1902. Besides that, the church is also visited by tourists who come here to admire its Neo-Gothic architecture. Although, the church boasts of an enticing decor which includes stunning arches, the nave and wooden crucifix, it is the church's tower made in mixed stone, metal and glass which serves as the most striking feature. If you love to explore architectural masterpieces, then a visit to the Paroisse Notre Dame des Marais is a must.
A stone edifice dating back to the early 19th Century, the Eglise Saint Nicolas is a must visit for its sheer beauty and grandeur. Exuding ancient charm, this church is also the spiritual haven of sorts for its followers. Attending a prayer service here is like transferring you into the spiritual world. The church also hosts concerts and other cultural events regularly. A beautiful structure that makes this little commune glow in its beauty.
Nothing close to an architectural marvel, Eglise is nevertheless worth visiting for the spiritual charm it exudes. Dedicated to their patron saint, the church brings to town worshipers who visit regularly to pray, attend regular choirs and masses. Abiding by the law of simple living but high thinking, the church often holds several events and activities with the aim to inculcate the values of the Lord among the society. Call ahead to know more.