THE MARINA : A HAVEN OF PEACE 5 MINUTES WALK FROM THE HOTEL
WE HAVE CONCOCTED JUST FOR YOU A DISCOVERY PROGRAM OF OUR REGION:
Bicycle rental (nearby)
Bars, restaurants and all shops within 5 minutes walk
Organization of seminars (room rental at the Palais des Congrès located 5 minutes away on foot)
A FEW STEPS FROM YOUR HOTEL...
GOLDEN CUP THEATER
In our street, less than 200 meters away, is this Italian theater, which offers more than 70 annual performances of theater, music, dance, and circus. Don’t hesitate to ask Laurent for advice at the hotel reception. A high place of Rochefortaise culture, to be discovered about 3 minutes on foot from the hotel.
SNCF TRAIN STATION
Are you coming to Rochefort by train? As soon as you leave the station, take the opportunity to look back at this splendid 1913 building, listed as a historic monument. The journey to the hotel will only take you 10 minutes on foot. You can also take the D1 shuttle. After a 3-minute journey, it drops you off about 3 minutes on foot from Roca Fortis (stop “Jardins de la Marine”).
SAINT LOUIS CHURCH
Located in a corner of the famous Place Colbert, the Saint-Louis church is an architectural gem. Built in a neo-classical style in 1835 by Félix Garde, the building imposes itself with its impressive silhouette, dominated by Corinthian columns and a triangular pediment. Currently under renovation, it is about to regain its former glory. And it’s less than 5 minutes walk from the hotel.
TO DISCOVER IN ROCHEFORT...
THE SPECIAL ONE
Signed Ferdinand Arnodin, it is the last transporter bridge in operation in France. Embark in its basket and enjoy an incredible panorama of the Charente from this metallic titan from 1900! Accessible 5 minutes by car or 30 minutes walk along the Charente on a car-free pedestrian route.
More than 370 meters long (more than the Eiffel Tower), the Corderie Royale de Rochefort was built in 1666 to make ropes for ships, and today houses the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a media library, and a museum space. Accessible 5 minutes walk.
Identical replica of the Lafayette Frigate, she was built in Rochefort from 1997 to 2014. She has since visited the United States, and the Mediterranean, among others. True emblem of Rochefort, you will find it less than 10 minutes on foot.
Held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday mornings, the Rochefort market occupies Avenue Charles de Gaulle. Its covered halls make it an essential place to discover local products. You can reach it in 5 minutes on foot. Go straight ahead just after Place Colbert, you are there!
ON THE TRACKS OF
Famous Rochefortais writer recognized throughout the world, his house is a unique place in the world, bringing together his memories of travels in a disproportionate eclectic architecture. Currently closed for restoration (thanks to the Heritage Foundation), the house can be visited virtually at the Musée Hèbre de Saint-Clément (63 Avenue Charles de Gaulle). You can also stroll along the Pierre Loti route .
Set off to attack the famous Fort, boarding a boat from Fouras, just 20 minutes from our hotel, and spend a day exploring the island of Aix, a small crescent on the Atlantic, which brings together a 2-hour visit on foot all the possible panoramas (coves, cliffs, beaches, marshes, fort, lighthouses).
OLD PORT OF LA ROCHELLE
The famous Tour de la Chaîne and Tour Saint-Nicolas watch over the city center of La Rochelle. Its streets protected from the rain by its arcades allow you to visit it in all weathers! to do during the day, 30 minutes from the hotel.
THE AUTHENTIC BEACHES OF
THE WILD COAST
Discover the charm of the wild coast, from Royan to La Tremblade and the island of Oléron, just 30 minutes from our hotel. Take the opportunity to taste the famous Marennes-Oléron oysters directly from our producers. Say hello to the mythical Fort Boyard for us from Boyardville. And the bridge is free!
CATHERINE & LAURENT'S SELECTION...
SHH, DON'T TELL ANYONE!
The smallest of the 4 islands of the Charentais archipelago, surprises with its position, at the end of the estuary. Accessible only at low tide by a submersible causeway, it will offer you, for an hour or two, a breath of fresh air from the sea, with a view of the Charente coast. Please pay attention to the tide times. Laurent will show you the best times to access it.
This 16th century city, nestled in the heart of the marshes and not far from the ocean, is surrounded by fortifications erected by Pierre d’Argencourt and remodeled by the famous Vauban. Stroll along its ramparts, visit the underground port, and stroll through the artists’ shops, while admiring the flight of storks, many of which have settled all around the “star of the marshes”.
FOURAS, ITS 5 BEACHES AND FORT VAUBAN
After Brouage, you will find that Vauban left us a lot of heritage. The Fort that bears his name, right in the center of Fouras, oversees one of the 5 beaches of the seaside resort and offers a breathtaking view of the islands of Aix, Oléron and Madame. And of course, summer and winter, Fouras is our “nearby beach” tip.