• La Citadelle

    The inhabitants of Poitou-Charentes have strong historical and cultural links with the sea, so anyone who really wants to get under the skin of the region shouldn’t miss out on the maritime heritage of La Rochelle and Ile de Ré.

    Start your discovery weekend by exploring the harbour town of La Rochelle on one of the excellent guided visits organised by the Tourist Office. You’ll tour the Vieux Port, visit the famous twin towers at the harbour entrance, and then uncover the maritime history of the town centre with its attractive arcaded streets. Don’t miss the Musée du Nouveau Monde or New World Museum, not only to learn about the town’s links with the Americas but also the 1000-year history of a community which has always depended on the sea.

    Le Phare des Baleines (1)

    To enjoy the flavours of the ocean, spend an evening at Restaurant André, where the menu alone is enough to make your mouth water. You’ll feel as though you’re enjoying a quiet dinner on an old sailing ship as you try langoustine, sea food, home-smoked fish, and other delicious dishes.

    After a night at Le Vieux Gréement hotel at La Couarde, set off for Ile de Ré and explore the charming small town of Saint-Martin-de-Ré with its Vauban citadel, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the famous Phare de la Baleine lighthouse on the northern tip of the island.

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