How do I find a campsite near La Rochelle?
Capital of Charente-Maritime, La Rochelle is famous for its Old Port, which is reminiscent of a postcard picture. Guarded by the Chaîne Tower and the Saint-Nicolas Tower, the "Vieux Port" as it's called in french, has inspired many artists over the years. After a walk on the quays, the visitor is invited to walk through the pretty alleys of the old town. Private mansions, Renaissance residences and old half-timbered houses follow one another. The many shops in the pedestrian streets and arcaded streets are sure to satisfy shopping enthusiasts. In order for you to be able to choose the best suited accommodation for your needs, we suggest that you quickly get in touch with the hosts on HomeCamper. If you want to spend your stay directly with the locals of the area who can share their knowledge of the region with you, don't hesitate to book your stay in advance!
What to visit in the city of La Rochelle?
Located in the aforementioned Charente-Maritime in the southwest of France, La Rochelle is located on the Atlantic Ocean and has an important port for fishing, trade and pleasure. It has about 75,000 inhabitants and its rich heritage attracts many tourists, as well as its very pleasant environment, ideal for water sports.
You can discover the fortified city and the medieval towers of the Old Port, the emblematic image of the city, as well as the Gate of the "Grosse-Horloge" (litteraly, Big Clock), the Renaissance Town Hall, or the 17th century Chamber of Commerce building. Several parks and public gardens are also worth a visit, such as Charruyer Park, a listed site, with its English-style gardens and two streams that cross it. You will also enjoy the beautiful beaches around the city, and do not miss the Lighthouse at the end of the world, at the tip of Les Minimes, which is a copy of the one at Cape Horn, all wooden and octagonal in shape.
An absolute must visit is the aquarium, one of the largest in Europe, with about 10,000 animals in 65 basins that recreate the natural environment of origin of the different species. As for museums, several are worth a visit, including the Museum of Fine Arts in the former bishopric; the Museum of the New World; the Maritime Museum, on land and at sea. La Rochelle is also famous for several festive events for which it serves as a setting, including: the Grand Pavois in September, an international boat show; the Francofolies, a music festival in July as well as a jazz festival in May!
When to go to La Rochelle?
The city of La Rochelle enjoys an oceanic climate all year round with four distinct seasons and pleasant temperatures all year round. However, humidity is quite high in autumn and winter, even if the city is one of the sunniest in France, with a sunshine rate of about 2400 hours per year, close to that of Perpignan, to give one similar example. If you prefer going for a visit during sunnier periods, we recommend going there from the months of May until September!
Whether you own a caravan, a motorhome, or a van, get ready for a roadtrip filled with unique camping and sightseeing experiences!