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La Rochelle is more than just a seaport on the Atlantic Ocean. The city is an inevitable place visit on the coast as it is one of the largest French harbour cities in terms of business and tourism. But, with its 1,000 year history, it is also one of the best kept secrets in the region. You will be surprised by its architectural heritage, its unique atmosphere, the diversity of its museums and its eclectic nightlife. The area is quite warm thanks to the Gulf Stream and the insolation is remarkably high, on a par with the French Riviera!


Population 77,000
Currency Euro (EUR) €1 = 100 cents
Opening hours Most shops are open Monday to Saturday from 9am-7pm. Smaller shops may close at lunch time from around 12pm-2pm. Stores close on Sundays and public holidays except for annual sales events.
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Emergency numbers Police: 17
Ambulance: 15/112
Fire Brigade: 18
Tourist information Office de Tourisme La Rochelle
2 Quai Georges Simenon, La Rochelle
Opening hours vary depending on season. Generally open from 9/10am-6pm
+33 546 41 14 68