One hour’s drive away from Royan, La
Rochelle is an excellent place to visit , either for a day, an afternoon
or just an evening at any time of the year.
from Royan, the simplest route to follow is to take the by-pass, leaving
at the exit for La Rochelle Centre and to continue following the signs
for the Centre and Parking du Vieux Port.
This car-park, at the foot of
the Lantern Tower, also called ‘the four Sergeants Tower’, is a good
departure point for all walks in the city.
Old Harbour and the Old districts
Several hundred metres after leaving the car, you will arrive in the Old
Harbour area and there you will suddenly find the lively atmosphere of
Several possibilities are open
If you are interested in the old
district, you can follow the quay up to the Big Clock Gate, Porte de la
Grosse Horloge, which was the entrance to the city from the harbour side,
and pass the gate to walk in the picturesque streets lined with arches,
la Rue du Palais, la Rue du Minage, la Grande Rue des Merciers,…
Lunch or dinner time
If it is lunch or dinner time, plenty of choice between the
numerous restaurants located under the old arches and with large
terraces which descend to the promenade of the Quay Duperré.
heated terraces are very welcome during the sunny winter days or in the