Old meets new in La Rochelle, one of the most important maritime centres in all of France. The entrance to the Vieux Port is guarded by two medieval towers – once connected by a heavy chain – while across town, the 5,000-berth Port des Minimes is a thoroughly modern marina that plays host to numerous sailing competitions throughout the year. Make some time in your itinerary to visit the old fishing district of Saint Nicolas for some freshly shucked oysters – a local speciality – before raising the anchor on one of these day trips by sea.
Lap up the coastline of La Rochelle by renting a yacht with SamBoat.
Cruise along the coast near La Rochelle by chartering a yacht through SamBoat – no sailing experience necessary.