what to do in rochefort

Rochefort Ocean, between land and sea

Affiliated with the network since 1987, Rochefort, the chequered city, is an invitation to travel that awaits you just a few kilometers from our campsite in Saint Palais sur Mer.

Rochefort, city of art and history

Great royal arsenal under Colbert and home port of the frigate Hermione which led La Fayette to America in 1780, Rochefort is a city of Art and History, whose heritage evokes distant voyages, maritime adventures and the prestige of royalty. A multi-faceted destination in the Charente Maritime department, Rochefort is a renowned spa, a historic city with many sites and monuments to visit, and the departure point for the treasures of the Atlantic: the Isle of Aix, the Isle of Madam, or the solitary and famous Fort Boyard. It is the place where the filming of "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort" took place.

Rochefort Ocean, a city open to the sea

The port of Rochefort is also the starting point for beautiful boat excursions: the visit of the island of Aix is a must! A real paradise for nature lovers and preserved landscapes, the small island can be discovered on foot, by bike or even by horse-drawn carriage, between the maritime pines and the paths full of hollyhocks. You can also visit the museum dedicated to Napoleon, installed in the house where the emperor lived before his departure for St. Helena. The garden island has an important heritage, including the priory Saint-Martin, the fort Liédot and the battery of Jamblet. In the heart of the village, opposite the church, you can also visit the Maison de la nacre, which honors this specialty of the island. Cruises to the island of Aix are finally an opportunity to approach the famous Fort Boyard and to be told its unusual history.

The Royal Corderie of Rochefort

Between land and sea (accessed via the Charente), Rochefort was chosen by Colbert to house the Kingdom's largest naval arsenal. The splendid Corderie Royale, now fully renovated, bears witness to this rich past . Bring the whole family and discover this mythical site, where the sturdy ropes of warships were made. Then climb aboard the exact replica of the Hermione and discover her workshops in the dockyard. On the same site, the Musée National de la Marine will enlighten you on the history of Rochefort and its maritime vocation. To relax, head for the "accro-mâts", a unique climbing and aerial adventure area, between high masts, vertiginous platforms and ropes stretched skywards.

Other visits to Rochefort sur Mer

You can also discover a rich cultural heritage during your Rochefort camping holiday with these 3 other must-see visits:

  • The Museum of Art and History, in the former Hôtel Hèbre de Saint-Clément, is the memory of the city and of its privileged relations with the Overseas Territories.
  • The House of Pierre Loti, writer and naval officer, invites to exoticism and fantasy.
  • The Museum of Ancient Trade, housed in a 1900s building, brings to life the city's rich trading traditions.

You also know the Hermione, which you can visit in Rochefort, in the Arsenal des mers.

You can also take a spa treatment or a treatment, as Rochefort is also a popular destination on the Atlantic coast for its spa treatments. In the surroundings, La Rochelle and Chatelaillon Plage are waiting for you as well as many visits in the Poitou Charentes region.