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La RochelleLa Rochelle Ville is the central train station with TGV connection from Paris. There is also an airport, Aeroport de La Rochelle.
Eurostar trains between Ebbsfleet International and La Rochelle have average journey times of 7 hours, 20 minutes. High speed rail is a an easy way of reaching La Rochelle as it is faster and more convenient. The best time to book tickets is for travel between late spring and early autumn. It is popular with summer tourists.
La Rochelle is the third most popular area, and most attractive and unspoilt coastal town in France, with a small well-kept beach close to the town centre.
It has a lot of history; the Wars of Religion were particularly destructive. It was beseiged in 1627 by Cardinal Richelieu, because of its strategic importance, after it turned Protestant. The English sent the Duke of Buckingham to help, but he was caught sleeping on the Île de Ré and badly defeated. By the end of 1628, out of the pre-siege population of 28,000, only 5000 survived once Richelieu had starved the city into submission. The walls were demolished and the city's privileges removed.
In the centre is a tree-lined promenade full of street entertainers which comes to life at the weekends and art and crafts stalls. There are many walkways and the majority of the buildings are made of an attractive pale stone.
There is plenty of accommodation and prices are very competitive- some give good views across the harbour, although these rooms are generally more expensive.
Points of Interest
Parks and Gardens
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