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Book a cheap holiday to La Rochelle with Best4Travel! The coastal city of La Rochelle has had a fascinating history; from its early years as a modest fishing village, to the time it spent as a Nazi stronghold during World War II! The city today offers a beautiful and educational experience to anyone who visits.
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La Rochelle was an important strategic location for the Nazis during World War II, and as such was the last French city to be liberated. The Nazis held their naval base at La Pallice (La Rochelle’s main port), where the U-boat pens used then are still in the harbour today.
The use of La Rochelle by the Germans at this time was brought to the big screen twice in 1981, first in the German war film Das Boot, based on the best selling German fiction work of the same name, and second in the U-boat scenes of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark!
With such a fascinating naval history, it’s really no surprise that La Rochelle has a fantastic maritime museum! The museum actually covers three boats docked in Place Bernard Moitessier, and includes displays on the area’s fishing, trade, and occupied history.
The three ships used to hold the museum’s collections are actually historic in their own right! The France I was used as a meteorological ship in 1958, the Angoumois was an old fishing trawler, and the Saint-Gilles tugboat was the last boat in France to use a reversible engine. The museum also holds the Calypso, a ship used by the famed oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau as a mobile laboratory.
Part of the fun in visiting a new city is discovering the local cuisine for yourself, however it can often be difficult to know where to start! To help set you off on the right foot, we here at Best4Travel have compiled a list of the top rated restaurants in and around La Rochelle, divided by price to cater for all budget types.
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