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With its maritime legacy and a port that dates back to the 13th century, the city of La Rochelle is jam packed with history and overflowing with French heritage.
This place has long been a firm favourite with French tourists who revel in an old town full of 14th century half-timber town houses. Not to mention it was the very centre of French trade and exploration to the Americas for centuries.
While its importance has faded over the years, it is still a city with a fascinating legacy that is ripe for exploring in both summer and winter. And let’s not forget those beaches. Well this is France, after all, so it really is a case of take your pick.
The Francofollies Festival, on 10-14 July, is a real chance to explore and fall in love with francophone music of all sorts. To celebrate the festival's 30th birthday, there will also be posters and photos throughout the city centre. francofolies.fr
Escape to the Ile de Re (get the bus from the train station) and head for the Plage Gros Jonc, which has fine sand, nice waves, clean loos and a great little beach cafe. It's about a 40-minute cycle ride from La Flotte, where you can hire cycles.