Places to Visit


Great shops, fabulous seafood, and lively cafes - what’s not to love about this picturesque "Vieux Port" (Old Harbour), set in the Bay of Biscay? Proud of its rich naval history La Rochelle has a bustling pleasure-boat marina from which you can take boat trips to the surrounding islands.


Since this town gives its name to one of the world’s best-known types of brandy no trip to the Charente-Maritime would be complete without a visit to Cognac to sample its wares. The most famous “Grande Marque” Cognac houses have great visitor tours and are located in the centre of the town.