La Rochelle is in the department of the Charente-Maritime which has a population of 557,024 covering an area of 6,864 km². Situated within the region of Charente, the region has a population of 1,640,068 covering an area of 25,810 km²
The capital of the Region is Poitiers, La Rochelle has a local population of 74,707
There are 18 Car Hire locations near La Rochelle including; Ars en Re, Dolus D'Oleron, Jonzac, La Palmyre, La Rochelle, La Rochelle Airport, La Rochelle Train Station, La Tremblade, Marans, Rochefort, Rochefort Airport, Royan, Saint Jean D'angely, Saintes, St Georges Doleron, St Pierre D'oleron, Surgeres, Surgeres Rail Station,
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A seaport on the Bay of Biscay, a part of the atlantic Ocean, and a lovely city to visit in your hire car, La Rochelle is the capital of the Charente-Maritime department.
The city is connected to the attractive Ile de Ré by a 2.9 kilometre bridge.
La Rochelle has beautiful, preserved architecture, and with it's rich history and picturesque views, you will not be dissappointed. It has strong bonds with the sea, and these bonds are maintained by harbouring the largest marina for pleasure boats in Europe.
Places to visit in your hire car at La Rochelle include an impressively large aquarium and a small botanical garden for those interested in the plants and animals of the sea. One of the biggest music festivals in France, called "FrancoFolies" takes place every summer in the city, during which French musicians gather for a week of music and celebration.
The main feature of the city is the "Vieux Port". Buzzing with seafood restaurants and boutiques, it is the heart of the city and a lovely sight to see. The walls of La Rochelle are open for those who fancy an evening stroll, and the old town remains well preserved.
Boating trips can be taken from this harbour to the Ile d'Aix and Fort Boyard.
La Rochelle and the region of Charente-Maritime are home to the international La Rochelle - Ile de Ré Airport. The largest Airport in the Poitou-Charents region, it is located 2,5 kilometres northwest of the city and is easy to drive to in your hire car.
La Rochelle is the perfect getaway for those who need to breathe the fresh, salty breeze from the sea, discover beautiful sights and get a taste of french maritime culture in a charming area.