Cheap flights to La Rochelle
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 aquarium in La Rochelle is beautiful, fun for kids and interesting for adults, with good English translations, making it a great place for families on a rainy day. Get a discount by buying tickets on their website: www.aquarium-larochelle.com.
It's true that you only get three circuits on the big wheel in the Place du Commandant de la Motte Rouge, but you also get the stop/start thing while people are getting on and off AND it's not that expensive (around €4) AND the views are stunning. Take your camera!
La Sarabande des Filles de La Rochelle (14 May 2016) is a fun running race for women only. The route is either 5 or 10 kilometres long and many participants wear fancy dress and raise money for charity. Spectators go for the party atmosphere. More information on www.sarabandefillesdelarochelle.fr/sarabande.
Francofolies, on 10-14 July, is a massive festival of French pop songs, which attracts around 150,000 people every year. Grab a ticket if you can: it's a brilliant opportunity to brush up on francophone music. francofolies.fr