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La Rochelle is a city in the south west of France as well as a seaport on the Atlantic Ocean. The city's nickname, La Ville Blanche (The White Village), stems from the many limestone buildings which glow with the coastal sunlight. What would become La Rochelle was originally a Gallic settlement until it was occupied by the Romans and turned over to salt production. Much of the city today still retains its Medieval allure, with timbered houses, arcade walkways, and looming gargoyles watching over city streets. La Rochelle paints an idyllic picture which will delight and enthrall all visitors. Choosing a particular hotel from hundreds in La Rochelle can be a daunting experience, yet with a little help from, you can book the hotel best suited to your budget and expectations thanks to thousands of user submitted hotel reviews, hotel photo galleries, and a helpful interactive map for exploring the area.

What's La Rochelle Like?

La Rochelle is a thriving city which has largely been shielded from the large tourist crowds thanks to nearby cities such as Nantes and Orleans, however there is still plenty to see and do in this historic city. The 14th century Towers of La Rochelle is one of the most dominating landmarks in the city, built to protect the port from assaults by sea. History buffs will enjoy the Musee d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle (La Rochelle Natural History Museum) has many artifacts and exhibits dating back thousands of years. The same can be said for the Musee Maritime, which tells the naval history of the city over the centuries. The outdoor market of Aux Halles is the ideal place to spend an afternoon trying out some of the local cuisine.

Tips for Getting Along with Locals in La Rochelle

The city has a mild climate all year round, and winds coming in from the Atlantic can sometimes make it feel colder than it is. The average afternoon temperatures during the summer months of June to August will peak at around 22°C, however recent heatwaves have seen it rise to almost 40°C. Although the city has made developments to its tourism industry over the past decade, the city still enjoys a quiet seaside town appeal. Try not to expect many of the locals to speak English, and instead you should either memorize a few simple phrases such as "Parlez-vous anglais?" (Do you speak English?) or carry a pocket reference book. The Gare de La Rochelle railway station offers links to Bordeaux, Nantes, Poitiers, and Paris if you feel like checking out one of the more popular destinations.