La Rochelle is the capital of the Charente-Maritime department and the gateway to the Ile de Ré. In summer it is too crowded on the island so we leave it aside.
In the city, especially around the old port, there are also a lot of people, but it is different and more pleasant.
- The old port with the Saint Nicolas Tower and the Chain Tower
- The stores under the arcades (ideal in summer when the sun is strong)
- Excursions at sea
- the Aquarium
The old port is lined with terraces, restaurants and cafes which is logical considering the views.