La Rochelle , you know ? This city, prefecture of Charente-Maritime, is full of history and activities to do! Here are 5 suggestions for the Ascension weekend in La Rochelle. Between a visit to the city and its port, a cultural outing to the museum, a boat trip and a day on the Ile de Ré, you will love your stay in La Rochelle. And all that with our best offers thanks to a camping trip!
The Old Port of La Rochelle
When we think of La Rochelle, we immediately think of the city itself, but also of its port. The Old Port of La Rochelle is a must to explore during your holidays. This port has indeed gone through history and participated in the economic development of the city. Today it is a marina.
Take advantage of your walk in the Old Port to admire its towers! Three in number, Saint Nicolas towers, the Chain and the Lantern are the guardians of the city. Previously, these three towers were used to regulate the number of merchant ships entering the Old Port. Today, you can learn more about the history of La Rochelle, and even enjoy a 360 view of the city. Not bad for Ascension weekend with your friends, right?
La Rochelle Aquarium
On the Old Port, we advise you to go for a walk La Rochelle Aquarium. It is one of the largest aquariums in Europe. It hosts more than 12,000 marine animals of 600 different species, distributed in 82 basins. From clownfish to green turtles, there really is plenty to see!
Two things you really shouldn’t miss during your visit to the aquarium: the jellyfish ballet and the shark aquarium.
The ballet of jellyfish will make you dream, thanks to the different species highlighted.
The shark aquarium is home to 20 different specimens of sharks: plenty to learn about them during your visit.
La Rochelle city center
The city of La Rochelle is full of activities to do and things to see! If you like history, a little tour in the center of the city is essential, on the side of the quay Dupperé and the court of the Ladies. You will then see the Big Clock door, which connects the old town and the Old Port. There are several things to see in the center of La Rochelle: many mansions, the town hall, the Henri II house, the stock exchange hotel and the courthouse. If you want to know more about the city and its history, we advise you to go to the museum! The La Rochelle bunker is a must-see museum: it is a real bunker that traces the history of the city during the Second World War. La Rochelle is also known for its museum of automatons and scale models, which sets more than 300 automatons in motion. Many visits to spend a good cultural day in the center of La Rochelle!
Want to have a good time with friends? heading for the Fort Boyard ! A must-see place near La Rochelle, this is the opportunity to go for a walk! Made famous by the show of the same name, it is unfortunately not possible to visit it. On the other hand, you can fly over it during a baptism in a helicopter, or go around it by boat. In both cases, you will be able to discover the magnificent landscapes of the region around La Rochelle, a crazy experience to live with friends! If you choose to go there by boat, it can be an opportunity for a short day at sea and a short stop on the island of Aix, a nice activity for this Ascension weekend.
The surroundings of La Rochelle
We tend to forget it, but La Rochelle is home to several beaches, ideal for an aperitif with friends! We recommend two for your weekend: Minimes beach, the largest in the city, and Chef de Baie beach, a little more private.
If you are here for a few days, here are several other ideas for you.
You can spend a day on the Ile de Ré, ideal for a bike ride. The island is well known for its pretty little flowered houses and its landscapes; you can also enjoy the view by visiting the whale lighthouse.
You can also spend some time on the island of Oléron, one of the surfers’ favorite spots on the Atlantic coast. Why not try an initiation to surfing? Sensations and laughter guaranteed with your friends!
We hope to have made you want to plan a short weekend for the Ascension in La Rochelleto discover or rediscover this pretty destination. If you already know the city, don’t hesitate to share your best addresses with us in the comments!