La Rochelle is a beautiful port city in the west of France on the Atlantic coast. During the holidays, many go to this seaside resort for a day. The old ports’ large towers are very impressive. From here you can visit the old port and then go through the gate into the old town. La Rochelle has many sights, museums and even a bunker from the 2nd world war that you can visit. There are several beaches where you can sunbathe, swim and jet ski. You can visit La Rochelle by foot, but also by segway or in other ways.
Old port of La Rochelle
The old port of La Rochelle is seen as one of the most beautiful urban sights in France due to the imposing towers that in earlier times ensured the surveillance of the port. You can walk on the quays around the harbor. The Quai du Carénage, the Quai Duperré and the Cours des Dames are well-known. During the summer the quays are lively and touristic with terraces, street artists and street shows. The terraces give a beautiful view of the harbor. During the evening, the harbor and the towers are illuminated giving a beautiful relfection of the lights onto the water.
Climb the towers during your holiday
At the entrance from the sea to the old port are three striking towers:
- Tour Saint Nicolas
- Tour de la Chaîne
- Tour de la Lanterne
The towers were built in the Middle Ages and are now historical monuments. You can visit the three towers with one ticket. From the top of the towers you have a beautiful view over the city and the harbor.
The Tour Saint Nicolas and the Tour de la Chaîne are located at the entrance to the port. In the past, a chain was attached between the two towers at night to prevent enemy ships from entering the harbor at night. The Tour Saint Nicolas, named after the patron saint of sailors, is the tallest tower with a height of 42m. It is a large fortification with a labyrinth of spiral staircases that are connected to each other on the inside. This used to be built to ensure that reinforcements could still come if other stairs were blocked by attackers.
The Tour de la Lanterne was also built to defend the city. In addition, it served as a prison. Up to 100 prisoners could be locked up on the fourth floor. At 38metres altitude there is an outdoor terrace with a view over the city.