The Office du tourisme de La Rochelle offers a visit to the old town. You can see La Grosse Horloge (Giant Clock) which watches over the passers-by as it did over the city when it was the old port of the medieval compound. Opposite, the towers are reflected in the basin. The three towers which guard the entrance to the city date from the 14th and 15th centuries. You can also appreciate the lively quay and terraces, the colours of its market and the peacefulness of its landscaped grounds.
Embark on a underwater walking tour of La Rochelle aquarium. From the smallest fish,
to the giants of the seas, beautiful aquatic encounters await visitors. From the waves of the Atlantic to the gentle waters of the Caribbean Sea, discover the sharks, jellyfish and starfish.
Children will be guided by Antioche, the aquarium's mascot. This little turtle will teach them all about the seas and its wonderful inhabitants in a fun tour!
The Old Port of La Rochelle has seen all kinds of ships come and go. Protected by its two towers, the Tour Saint-Nicolas and the Tour de la Chaîne, it has withstood the upheavals of history, including the siege of La Rochelle in 1628.
Today, sailors can moor their boats here, safe from the Atlantic currents. The port is also the starting point for many major international sailing events, recalling the role of the port in the history of France.
Dating from the XIIth to the fifteenth century, the Lantern Tower on La Rochelle's Old Port has a long history behind it. In the Middle Ages, the tower monitored and disarmed the boats entering the port, serving as a hub for keeping watch and guiding the boats with its lighthouse.
In the sixteenth century, the Lantern Tower was first used as a prison for priests, later on for Vendeans in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and for the English from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries.
It is the oldest lighthouse on the coastline.
During the Second World War, this Bunker built in secret in 1941, was the headquarters of the U-Boat admiral and commanders. Now this fascinating building is open to the public.
Now a real museum, the bunker gives you, via a 280m² tour, the chance to immerse yourself in the history of La Rochelle between 1939 and 1945.
The history of the bunker's construction is obviously mentioned, but also the history of the Occupation in La Rochelle and even the German requisitions.