Niort and La Rochelle

What to do in Fontenay-le-Comte


la rochelle

At the heart of the Charente-Maritime region, La Rochelle offers a suspended moment between the charming old town and its harbour, which serves as the gateway to the city from the sea. Erected at the entrance to the town between the 13th and 15th centuries to protect it from outside invasion, La Rochelle's 3 towers are a must-see landmark. A visit to these towers allows you to learn more about the history of La Rochelle and enjoy an unbeatable panoramic view of the city. Other must-sees in La Rochelle include a stroll through the old town, a visit to Saint-Louis cathedral and a trip to the Halles market.


Further inland, Niort also has many sights worth seeing. First and foremost is its 12th-century keep, and the 1,000 years of history it tells. Once at the top, you can admire the Marais Poitevin, another of Niort's must-sees. The Musée d'Agesci is a must for art and culture enthusiasts. A multi-disciplinary museum, it combines works from the Musée des Beaux-Arts with treasures from the Musée d'Histoire Naturelle. You can also discover local specialities at Les Halles de Niort or take your children to discover the animals at the Ornithological Park.

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