La Rochelle is one of the most interesting seaside towns in France. The centre and the waterfront date from the 17-th century when the town played an important in the trade with the new world.
The most attractive area is located between the harbour and the place de Verdun. The Grosse Horloge is a gateway to the old town and dominates the harbour. It gives access to the rue du palais which is filled with shops under the 18-th century arcades. The main sights to visits include the Musee du nouveau Monde and the Hotel de Ville.