La Rochelle is a beautiful city to visit. It’s architecture; the sunsets over the Bay of Biscay and the gastronomy are all a treat for the senses. But, just beyond the city, inland or out to sea, lie islands, traditional villages and places of natural beauty that are a treat for the soul.
Why hire a car at La Rochelle airport?
Quite simply, having a holiday means shunning the timetables of ordinary life in favour of something far more satisfying - freedom. Hiring a car in La Rochelle gives you that...and air conditioning.
That all-important first mile:
driving out of La Rochelle airport?
In France they drive on the right hand side of the road, but the route out of the airport is a simple one so you’ll be able to get a few miles under your (seat) belt before having to deal with any major junctions or roundabouts.
The airport is a small one, so finding the car hire desks in the terminal building will be easy.
The west of France is the country’s best region for producing goat’s cheese. In fact, one third of all the goats in France are reared and milked in the Poitou-Charentes region which is little more than an hours’ drive in your new rental car from La Rochelle. Take some home, but be sure to wrap it well so people don’t think you have a case full of unwashed socks.
ATM’s and a bureau de change are available in the arrivals hall.
The L’Escal Express cafe in the terminal building serves up fresh, tasty food from Monday to Friday. At weekends a snack bar is available.
It’s common in France to greet one another with a light kiss on the left and right cheek, so if someone leans in, don’t mistake it for anything else and attempt to plant one on their lips, or, just give them one kiss on the cheek and leave them hanging waiting for another; awkward.
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This port city on the west coast is one of the most historically rich, picturesque places to visit in France, yet at the same time, its student population and high number of visitors ensures it maintains a modern air. Spend your days among castles, aquariums, the boutiques of the Rue de Palais, or simply sip coffee in one of the many cafes and watch the world saunter by.
This island is the place locals head to for a bit of down time. Accessible by a 2.8km bridge straight over the Bay of Biscay, you can come here to relax, sunbathe, sample freshly caught seafood from any of the island’s ports or horse ride across the sand dunes and inlets.
This nature reserve north of La Rochelle makes a perfect getaway for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of busier tourist hotspots. Spend some time here camping, fishing, swimming, cycling or just meditating. OM..........