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La Rochelle is more than just a seaport on the Atlantic Ocean. The city is an inevitable place to visit on the coast as one of the largest French harbour cities in terms of business and tourism. With its 1,000 years of history, it is also one of the best-kept secrets in the region. You will be surprised by its architectural heritage, its unique atmosphere, the diversity of its museums, and its eclectic nightlife. The area is quite warm thanks to the Gulf Stream, on a par with the French Riviera!
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The Three Towers of La Rochelle

The three 14th and 15th century towers dominate the port area of the city and are architectural symbols of La Rochelle as a strong opponent of state power in the past. You can visit the towers for great panoramic views and some sightseeing! Don´t forget to bring your camera!
Adresse: Tour Saint-Nicolas, Vieux port rue de l’Armide, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 41 74 13
Åpningstider: Opening hours may vary depending on the season.
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New World Museum

The New World Museum gathers collections of art and historical artifacts of La Rochelle. At this unique museum you can follow the past of the city through many different objects such as paintings, ancient maps and nautical objects, art pieces and sculptures.
Adresse: 10 rue Fleuriau, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 41 46 50
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The Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum is located in the heart of La Rochelle. Here you will find everything concerning the shipping and fishing industry and the maritime history of the city. At this museum you can also go on guided tours and ask questions to former sailors.
Adresse: Place B. Moitessier, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 28 03 00
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The Ocean

From La Rochelle you can go on a boat that takes you to beautiful Ré, Aix and Oléron islands, viewing or stopping by the famous Fort Boyard on the way. Many organized or private tours as well as nautical activities such as sailing are available. One company who takes you to Fort Boyard including Aix and Oleron Island is Croisières Navipromer:
Adresse: Cours des Dames, Vieux Port, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 6 08 31 04 62
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Ré Island

If you don’t feel comfortable on a boat, you may want to rent a bike and go to the Ré Island on an excursion. The island is linked to La Rochelle with a 3-kilometres toll bridge. Enjoy the empty beaches, sensational Atlantic sunsets and delicious seafood on this beautiful island! Don´t miss the lighthouse called "Whales Lighthouse" and enjoy the breathtaking view on the top.
Adresse: Île de Ré, La Rochelle
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La Rochelle Aquarium

In La Rochelle you can find one of the largest European aquariums, featuring some 10,000 creatures from the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and even the Tropics! La Rochelle Aquarium is also a centre for the protection of marine species and also a centre for marine studies.
Adresse: Quai Louis Prunier, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 34 00 00
Åpningstider: Opening hours vary depending on the season.
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If you are staying in La Rochelle and want to go on a day trip, Fouras is a small coastal town that is located south from the port. There you can find beautiful beaches, restaurants and piers. You can also reach the famous Fort Boyard by ferry from there.
Adresse: Fouras
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Plage de Chatelaillon

Plage de Chatelaillon is a popular beach resort located south of the La Rochelle's city centre. Enjoy your day here walking along the seaside on this long stretch of golden sand. In the evening you can have a nice dinner in one of the cosy restaurants.
Adresse: Châtelaillon-Plage, La Rochelle
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Cathedrale St-Louis

This Roman Catholic cathedral is a national monument of France since 1906 and can be found in the city centre and is definitely worth a visit. Cathedrale St-Louis is truly majestic and inside you can find many masterpieces, beautiful stained glass and side chapels.
Adresse: Place de Verdun, La Rochelle
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Bunker La Rochelle

In 1941, the La Rochelle Bunker was built by the German occupants in secrecy. Today the bunker is a museum that traces back to the period of the Second World War in La Rochelle. In the museum you can see photos, videos, military artefacts and much more.
Adresse: 8 rue des Dames, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 42 52 89
Åpningstider: Daily 10am–7pm
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Musee des Beaux-Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts (Beaux-Arts in French) of la Rochelle has a rich collection of art works. The beautiful museum is located in the centre of town and is well worth a visit. Here you can find art works by Eugene Fromentin, William Bouguereau and Camille Corot.
Adresse: 28 rue Gargoulleau, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 41 64 65
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Altitudes Parachutisme

If you are feeling adventurous, contact Altitudes Parachutisme. They are located right next to the airport and offers both solo and tandem skydiving. This will for sure be an experience, combining amazing view over the spectacular coast as getting an adrenaline rush!
Adresse: 22 Rue du Jura, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 9 81 47 54 89
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The Musée des Automates

The Musée des Automates is a small museum, showing 300 automated dolls from the last two centuries including life-size figures and a full-size re-creation of a street in Montmartre with shops displaying automatons in motion in their windows. In the second museum, Musée des Modèles Réduits, next door, they display models of boats, trains and cars.
Adresse: 14 rue La Désirée, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 05 46 41 68 08
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Grand Roue La Rochelle

Take a ride in the big wheel and enjoy a panorama view of La Rochelle. Day and night, you will enjoy a beautiful view of the city and its surroundings. Just make sure to bring the camera with you and take some beautiful shoots of the city.
Adresse: Place du Commandant de la Motte Rouge, La Rochelle
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Chapelle Notre-Dame de l'Esperance

Visit the traditional Latin Mass chapelle, similar to its bigger sister in Paris. This church is small, quiet and rarely full of tourists and is conveniently located in the centre of La Rochelle. A place where to get some peace of mind while admiring the interior, especially the stained glass windows.
Adresse: 12 Rue des Augustins, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 2 51 42 95 88
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Bar André

In the old harbour, decorated in a nautical theme, André is best known for its large fish and seafood platters at reasonable prices, including the wine. Here you can try oysters, sea bass in “beurre blanc charentais”, turbot with artichokes or crabs. We'll let you take your pick!
Adresse: 5 Rue St Jean du Pérot, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 41 28 24
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 12–3pm, 6:30–9pm, Sat–Sun 12–9pm
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Christopher Coutanceau

Christopher Coutanceau is one of La Rochelle’s finest restaurants and a starred venue on the sea front. It offers several delicate specialties like the tartar of prawns in oyster jelly or the curried turbot with coriander. This is the right venue for demanding gourmets!
Adresse: Plage de la Concurrence, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 41 48 19
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Les Flots

Located at the foot of the Three Towers, Les Flots is a gastronomic venue (owned by Coutanceau as well), which features a varied and fine menu. Daily updates are made in the menu according to the “catch” of the day, a guarantee for fresh and delicious products!
Adresse: 1 rue de la Chaîne, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 41 32 51
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Les 4 Sergents

With so many seafood eateries in la Rochelle, you might need a change and want to try this restaurant that offers a great regional cuisine with an extensive variety of wines. The duck breast in honey and lime at Les 4 Sergents is claimed to be just perfect!
Adresse: 49 rue St Jean du Pérot, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 41 35 80
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Le Thiers Temps

In this restaurant you can enjoy an innovative cuisine for a dinner in a warm atmosphere. Le Thiers Temps is popular among its guest and on the menu you will find classic French courses such as fois gras, cod or more original desert such as the Nutella crème brulée.
Adresse: 26 Rue Thiers, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 34 31 81
Åpningstider: Tue-Sat: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
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Coquillages et Crustacés

This is a popular restaurant located outside the city centre, but people rarely hesitate to take the detour. Enjoy your dinner outdoors and watch the sun set over the sea and towards the horizon. Choose between dishes like stuffed clams, salmon tartar, and cod.
Adresse: Rue du Port, L'Houmeau
Telefon: +33 5 46 45 32 52
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Les Perot-Quais

This Vegetarian-friendly restaurant is a great choice if you are looking for something different, the menu also includes fish and meat dishes. Les Perot-Quais is truly popular among its customers and serves lovely dishes with thrilling combinations of food and flavours. Think about making a reservation at this French/European restaurant!
Adresse: 15 rue Saint Jean du Pérot, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 41 43 68
Åpningstider: Tue-Fri: 7.30pm - 11.30pm
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Le Comptoir Italien

Specialist in Italian cuisine, Le Comptoir Italien serves different types of well prepared dishes along with an astonishing wine list. This popular restaurant will make you discover flavors from all around Italy, from pasta to tiramisu.
Adresse: 22 rue Saint-Jean-du-Pérot, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 50 62 60
Åpningstider: Open every day
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Café de la Paix

This café has a lovely atmosphere and an elegant decor with Napoleon-style woodwork including chandeliers and large wall mirrors. Created in 1793, Café de la Paix is one of the favourite old town cafés where you can enjoy a delicious Cognac made locally in the Poitou-Charentes region.
Adresse: 54 Rue Chaudrier, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 41 39 79
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Café De La Corniche

At Café De La Corniche you can sit with a good cup of coffee and get some food while enjoying the nice view of La Rochelle bay in the sun. Unbeatable on a summer day or a sunny winter afternoon! There are also concerts hosted here during the warm days.
Adresse: 2 boulevard Winston Churchill, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 43 77 77
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La Grand’rive

La Grand’rive is am emblematic venue in La Rochelle and claimed to be one of the best cafés in town. With its terrace on the Old Port, it is an ideal place for an “apéro” (the truly French way to say aperitif) of the local Pineau (the sweet fortified local wine).
Adresse: 24 quai Duperre, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 41 44 53
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun: 8.30am - 10.30pm
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Ernest Le Glacier

For the tea time you can stop at Ernest le Glacier. Here you can find the town’s most splendid artistic ice cream as well! You will certainly have many beautiful and tasty options to choose from when coming over here.
Adresse: 15/18 rue du Port, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 50 55 60
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Bistrot Des Pêcheurs

Bistrot Des Pêcheurs is an ordinary French café and crêperie, yet popular for its typical fishermen breakfast: six oysters and a glass of wine! With this local fashion of having breakfast, you will get plenty of energy to start your day and visit the city.
Adresse: 2 rue de la Chaîne, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 41 25 16
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Gaspard et Léon

This small coffee shop is favoured by the sweet tooth and the children for its waffles! Come have a bite! The young and enthusiastic team will happy cover your waffle (and your heart) with melted nutella, speculoos paste or any other flavour you feel like.
Adresse: 6 rue de la Grosse Horloge, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 45 39 09
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La Brulerie du Marche

Located in front of the market, Brulerie is well-known for its quality coffees but also offers teas and smoothies for healthier options. The small terrace is a definite plus, but it is the smell of freshly prepared Arabica that will bring you to this little café.
Adresse: 5 Rue Gambetta, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 41 46 70
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Aux Delices de Vero

Halfway between a bakery and a coffee shop, Aux Delices de Vero sells coffees and other beverages, bread, sandwiches and some sweet treats. Great for a breakfast or a quick lunch. They recently opened a salad bar where you can compose your own salad by choosing the ingredients.
Adresse: 8 Rue de la Grosse Horloge, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 30 60 60
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Café Du Bassin

The Café du Bassin is the perfect mix where you can find the relaxed atmosphere of a coffee place but also the offerings of a bar and several food platters (a great delicatessen plate but also oysters and sea food). The location and view are also amazing.
Adresse: 53 Quai Valin, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 50 81 77
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164 Espresso Bar

This coffee shop, located right in front of the train station, is great for one last coffee and a French pastry before you embark on a train to a new adventure. The place is truly small but the staff are very friendly.
Adresse: 164 Boulevard Joffre, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 9 80 87 61 00
Åpningstider: Mon–Sat 8am–7:30pm, Sun 10am–7:30pm
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Always filled with a melting pot of people, you can be sure there is always something going on at the Corrigan’s. This is a typical Irish pub where you can enjoy, in good company, a good beer and a great atmosphere, where the rhythm is given by a huge jukebox.
Adresse: 20 rue des Cloutiers, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 28 91 39
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The General Humbert’s

La Rochelle is not a big city, yet it is the home to many Irish pubs. The General Humbert’s is another great Irish pub, with all the perfect ingredients and the legendary Guinness pints! Come here to mingle with friends, listen to music and have a good time.
Adresse: 14 rue St Nicolas, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 37 01 08
Åpningstider: Mon–Thu 6pm–2am, Fri 6pm–4am, Sat 2pm–4am, Sun 6pm–2am
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Le Piano Pub

This is one of the most popular venues among the youth for its regular rock concerts that certainly keep everyone entertained. Le Piano Pub has a nice English wood and leather décor.
Adresse: 12 Cour du Temple, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 6 72 46 45 82
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Le Mayflower

Next to the Piano Pub you can find Le Mayflower, also a very popular and busy venue. You can come here for many different occasions to have fun with friends in a loud and happy atmosphere.
Adresse: 14 bis Cours du Temple, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 9 73 24 58 08
Åpningstider: Tue - Sun: 6pm-2am
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Oxford Club

The Oxford Club is a trendy club located close to the sea that has not stopped attracting clientele since its creation. The DJs play all kind of music such as latin sounds, zouk (dancing music coming from the French Isles), disco and all other styles you'd like to bust a move on.
Adresse: Promenade de la Concurrence, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 41 51 81
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La Guignette

This wine bar is an amazing place to have a good old subtly flavoured wine. Its short opening hours make this place feel rare and the customers privileged. The ambiance is great and really special, and the managers organize several games, such as a tombola and others.
Adresse: 8 Rue Saint-Nicolas, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 41 05 75
Åpningstider: Sun–Wed 11am–1:30pm, 5–9pm, Thu–Sat 11am–9pm
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Le Triolet Club

Le Triolet Club is one of the most iconic nightclubs in La Rochelle. It hosts numerous events such as its emblematic "Christmas at the Triolet" celebrating... the beginning of the Summer! The club has its own signature drink, the Trio Drink and a patio where you can mingle with other tourists and with locals.
Adresse: 8 Rue des Carmes, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 05 46 41 11 88
Åpningstider: Tue–Sat 11pm–7am
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White Rabbit

White Rabbit is a modern nightclub and the recipe to uncountable dancing nights, in a warm atmosphere and with a true holiday feel. The music is mainly electronic but themed nights and guest DJs mix it up regularly and bring a real plus to the night club.
Adresse: 14 cour du temple, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 06 16 90 66 53
Åpningstider: Tue–Sat 11pm–6am
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City Center Market

The 19th-century covered market seethes with stallholders selling fresh fruit and vegetables, fish splayed on beds of ice, and meat. The building itself is worth the detour, but we suggest you come in and buy a few local specialties and fresh seafood, some of which you can even eat on location.
Adresse: Rue Gambetta, La Rochelle
Åpningstider: Every morning until 1.30pm
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Craft Market

Authentic, handmade leather crafts, jewellery, sand sculptures and more are sold by the artists themselves on the waterfront. You can also have your portrait painted or buy a representation of La Rochelle. If you have no purchasing intention, this market is still a nice walk by day or night.
Adresse: Cours des Dames, La Rochelle
Åpningstider: 10am-12am from June to mid-September
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Paul Bossuet

Cognac and Pineau is produced by this local vintner make great souvenirs for your loved ones (and yourself) as they are very typical of the region and are sold in beautiful bottles. You can buy all the products in the wine store or directly at the vineyard, for the same prices!
Adresse: 21 rue Gargoulleau, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 41 31 92
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Galeries LaFayette

This well-known French department store gathers everything from fashion to house decoration in four large floors. It presents all the major French and global brands and is the perfect place to get your fabulous French Woman panoply: beret, Coco Chanel style pants and classy suit vest.
Adresse: 31 à 39, rue du Palais, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 05 46 41 27 33
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Ile De Re Chocolates et Caramels

The only producer of caramel made with AOP Poitou-Charentes butter containing Ré island 'fleur de sel' salt. Learn about artisanal caramel production, visit their workshops and taste delicious products. If you are convinced these are the best chocolates you ever had, you can bring some home!
Adresse: 16, rue Elie Barreau, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 05 46 56 56 50
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri: 9.30am-6pm
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Matlama specialises in the handmade production of bags and fashion accessories with unusual designs. It also hosts exhibitions featuring the work of local artists and craftsmen in a wide array of arts, including but not limited to paintings, jewellery and leather work.
Adresse: 61 quai Louis Prunier, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 50 12 84
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Bijoux Vertigo

Set in the streets of Port, Vertigo jewellery is an institution in La Rochelle. You will find in this carefully set boutique a wide selection of fashion jewellery in sterling silver, natural materials and precious stones. A store of the similar brand also exists in Paris.
Adresse: 5 rue du port, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 05 46 41 17 90
Åpningstider: Tue-Sat: 10:30am–12:30pm & 2pm – 7pm
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La Maison D'Ambre

La Maison D'Ambre - literally "The Amber House" - specializes in perfumes, home fragrances, mineral stones and amber jewellery. The creator of the products recently started producing also home decorations such as various objects decorated with or shaped as angels.
Adresse: 27 rue Dupaty, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 09 51 61 91 37
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat: 10am–1pm & 2–7pm
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Librairie Gréfine

The Librairie Grefine (Grefine Book store) is a great shop packed with the latest and the most vintage cartoons, mangas, illustrated books and a crowd of miniatures! Come here to be around other book lovers or find your read of the holiday: you will encounter both!
Adresse: 57 Rue Saint-Nicolas, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 41 46 85
Åpningstider: Mon: 2pm - 7pm, Tue - Sat: 9:30am–7pm, Sun: Closed
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Airport - Aéroport La Rochelle-Ile de Ré

The international airport, Aéroport La Rochelle-Ile de Ré, is located only 5 kilometres from the city centre. The cheapest and fastest way to get into town is by bus. Buses are available all week (Mon-sat take line 7, Sundays take line 47), running from the airport to the centre of La Rochelle, and vice-versa, about every 30 minutes. The journey takes around 15 minutes. You can also take a bus to the Ré Island. The bus tickets are available on board (cash only). There are many taxis available at the airport, but you can also book a taxi in advance. (Abc Taxi 05 46 42 22 00) (Abeilles Taxis 05 46 41 55 55, [email protected], For rental cars you can contact one of the car rental companies situated at the airport. Available companies at the airport are: Sixt, Europcar, Avis, Hertz and Enterprise.
Adresse: Aéroport La Rochelle-Ile de Ré, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 42 30 26
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Public transport

"Yeló" runs an efficient network of public buses, boats and bikes in La Rochelle. You can purchase bus tickets on board or in most of the kiosks of La Rochelle and there are plenty of ticket types to choose from: single ticket, 24 hours ticket, 10 trips ticket and 7 days pass. The Sea Boat is a regular boat service between the Old Port and Les Minimes, with two stops available: The old port "Vieux-Port" (at the bottom of the Tour de la Chaîne) and the public library "Médiathèque" (avenue Michel Crépeau). They run all year long from 7.30am and until 10pm in April-May, 12am in June-Septembre, 8pm in October-March. The famous yellow bikes of La Rochelle can be hired to discover the city! They are free the first two hours and available in many spots in the city.
Adresse: Maison de la Mobilité, Place de Verdun, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 8 10 17 18 17
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There are many taxi companies operating in la Rochelle. Here are a few: Abeille Taxi +33 546 41 55 55 [email protected] Mélitourisme +33 648 22 87 32 [email protected] Yélo, on demand transport +33 546 34 02 22 You can also find them in several spots in La Rochelle such as the train station, the airport, the Cours des Dames, in front of the Grosse Horloge and Place de Verdun.
Telefon: +33 5 46 41 55 55
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Stamps are available from kiosks and newsagents as well as in any post office. Post boxes are yellow like all over France. The main Post Office is located Place de l'Hôtel de Ville in the centre.
Adresse: 6 Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 30 41 27
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri: 9am - 6.30pm, Sat: 9am -1pm
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For a pharmacy on duty on Sundays, holidays or during the night, consult the provided webpage. After 7:30pm, call the Police station at the number or address provided here.
Adresse: Place de verdun, La Rochelle
Telefon: +33 5 46 51 36 36
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Country code: +33 Area code: (0)546
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