La Rochelle, France

La Rochelle (Poitou-Charentes) Pop: 78, 000

La Rochelle is an Atlantic seaport and was the last French city liberated from Nazi Germany.

Though located at the same latitude as Montreal, Canada, this city is remarkably warm during the winter as a result of the gulf stream and certain geographical features.

One source compares its winter climate favorably with that of the French Riviera.

Due to climate moderations and historical architectural features, La Rochelle has a well-cultivated tourist base.

La Rochelle Attractions

La Pointe du Chay

WW II submarine bunker

Aquarium

The Calypso of Jacques Cousteau

FrancoFolies (summer only)

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Vieux Port (Old Harbour)

Fort Boyard, Ile d'Aix