Start planning your cruise and book your excursions in the surroundings of La Rochelle
La Rochelle is a city in the south-west of France, located on the Atlantic Ocean. A fishing and trading center since the 12th century; its architectural heritage bears witness to its past: the old town with its medieval half-timbered houses, Renaissance architecture, the old port and two majestic towers. Long committed to environmental protection, this destination of the MSC Northern Europe cruises is renowned for its quality of life and it’s temperate climate.
The nature, the marine world and the vestiges of past history are all present in the area around La Rochelle: enjoy them during an MSC excursion:
• The island of Ré
• Courbon Castle and its magnificent gardens
• Coulon, the Green Venice
The island of Ré has preserved its authenticity with small villages and a strong presence of nature. It's great to walk along the coastline or go for a bike ride to discover the many facets of the island: ocean, salt marshes, beaches, vineyards, forests, nature reserve. The local products are not to be outdone, as there is a local production of salt, saltwort, wine and potatoes as well as oysters appreciated by lovers of rustic flavours.
Renamed the castle of Sleeping Beauty, the Château de la Roche Courbon was built in the 15th century on a rocky outcrop. It was transformed into a country mansion during the 17th century and it is surrounded by some magnificent French-style gardens.
Coulon, near Niort, is a must for discovering the Poitevin marshes. Known as the Green Venice, the "wet marshes" reveal a real case of complex and fragile biodiversity that can be explored on board traditional flatboats. In order to better understand the history of this locality, there is nothing better than wandering through the narrow streets of the town, visit the Trinité church or the Maison du Marais Poitevin.