The city of La Rochelle is situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It is the most populated city of the administrative department of Charente-Maritime, ahead of Saintes, Rochefort and Royan. A port complex of the first order, now more than ever the city of La Rochelle merits its reputation as a ‘gateway to the ocean’ thanks to its three ports, a fishing port, a cargo port, and a marina. Thanks to the islands of the Île de Ré, the Île d’Oléron, and the Île d’Aix, La Rochelle is perfectly protected from storms. These 3 islands form a real barrier around the city of La Rochelle, all three are accessible and you can get to them easily with a boat rental from La Rochelle. In terms of the heritage of the city, we recommend first of all a visit to the old port. The old port, which dates back to the 13th century, is fortified and equipped with two towers which date from the 14th and 15th centuries. The city also boasts a wealth of important architecture. For example, walking through the city centre, you can admire the streets with their arcades and building façades often dating back to the 15th century!