Destination guide

Je ne regrette rien in La Rochelle

Promising sunshine, seafood, and plenty of French je ne sai quoi, La Rochelle on the Atlantic Coast of France is a highlight of any trip to Europe. Get your French adventure off to a great start by booking a La Rochelle vacation rental with ocean views. Stroll along the city's bustling promenade in the Old Port, take a boat trip to the beautiful beaches of Ile de Re, or spend the afternoon chatting with the fishes at the Aquarium. After dark, enjoy a fresh seafood platter in one of the numerous seafood restaurants lining the port. Well, when in France?

Things to do

From towers to turtles, La Rochelle is la piece de resistance

Book a La Rochelle vacation rental close to the Old Port and visit the imposing trio of towers, St. Nicholas Tower, Tour de la Lanterne, and the Tower of the Chain which overlook the harbor. Or why not come nose-to-fin with sharks and giant trevally at the Aquarium La Rochelle. One of the biggest draws to the seaside city, it's popular with families who come to witness more than 600 species of sea life and mammals. Visitors descend to the aquarium's 'ocean floor' in an old submarine to meet turtles, sharks, and jellyfish.

Activities

Welcome to La La Land—La Rochelle

La Rochelle's Old Port is an area of the maritime city where life rolls at a gentle pace. Visit the bustling fish market, take a paddle in the sea, or stop off for lunch at one of the popular seafood restaurants. It also draws sailors and fishing enthusiasts who come to enjoy the cool, crystal waters of the Atlantic Coast. For the best sands, venture over to Ile de Re, a charming island with secluded beaches. As the sun sets over the Old Port, stop off in an old sailor's bar for a glass of the local grape.

Weather

Walking on sunshine in La Rochelle

Overlooking the Bay of Biscay, La Rochelle often sees the best of the French weather. A typical European climate, it benefits from long, warm summers with temperatures reaching 85 degrees. It cools down come fall, and has a higher risk of rain in winter. Snow is rare on the coast, but temperatures can be bitter, so pack well. The busiest time visit is June, July, and August, when La Rochelle vacation rentals get booked up in advance. For the best choice, but still with a chance of sunshine, visit in the shoulder seasons of fall and spring.

Natural features

Biking on the Bay of Biscay

The charming old port of La Rochelle is perched on the central Atlantic Coast of France, overlooking the Bay of Biscay. For the best scenic views of the area, venture across the bridge to Ile de Re, which is as quiet as a dormouse out of high season. This charming, small island is blessed with a wealth of cycling trails and leisurely coastal walks, and is perfect for getting away from it all. Wind along the road north, past the island's vineyards and cornfields, for the best views of the island.

How to get there

Traveling to and around La Rochelle

Fly into La Rochelle (LRH-La Rochelle - Ile de Re), the closest airport, located 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, La Rochelle Station, La Rochelle Porte Dauphine Station and La Rochelle Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Can I find a vacation rental around La Rochelle?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,254 vacation rentals near La Rochelle. From 1,135 Houses to 124 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near La Rochelle for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to La Rochelle?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in La Rochelle:

  • La Rochelle City Centre: 610 vacation rentals
  • Les Conches: 26 vacation rentals
  • La Rémigeasse: 89 vacation rentals
  • Chéray: 85 vacation rentals
  • Quartier des Bouchôleurs: 57 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to La Rochelle?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in La Rochelle. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Minimes Beach: 3,690 vacation rentals
  • La Rochelle Station: 3,608 vacation rentals
  • La Rochelle Porte Dauphine Station: 3,502 vacation rentals
  • Musee des Modeles Reduits: 3,648 vacation rentals
  • Vieux Port: 3,616 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around La Rochelle listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in La Rochelle?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,135 Houses in La Rochelle. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in La Rochelle include:

  • Villas: 124 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 717 rentals available
  • Cottages: 66 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in La Rochelle?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 572 vacation rentals with pool available in La Rochelle. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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