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With car rental at La Rochelle Airport, all your transport needs are covered. Pick up your quality hire car booked through Nova Car Hire and enjoy travelling at your own pace.

About Nova Car Hire

Based in Ireland, Nova Car Hire has been delivering great value car rental since 1997. An established online broker, we are not tied to any one car hire supplier, but our connections to more than 500 providers worldwide mean we can offer you highly discounted rates for 26,000 locations.

Great car hire is not just about cheap rates. We ensure you enjoy the best availability and a great range of cars, and if anything does need attention, our friendly and experienced customer service staff are available to help you by phone or email. Get a quote today to see just how easy it is to experience car hire at its best.

About Car Hire at La Rochelle Airport

La Rochelle - Île de Ré Airport lies 2.5 km northwest of La Rochelle, a port on the Bay of Biscay between Nantes and Bordeaux. The airport also serves Île de Ré, which you can reach via a bridge from La Rochelle. The third most visited city in France, La Rochelle is an excellent base for touring the Bordeaux or Cognac regions. Once you have collected your rental car from La Rochelle Airport, you are just minutes from La Rochelle via the N237/E602 road.

For some valuable tips on using the French roads, check out our guide to Driving Your Hire Car In France

About Car Hire in La Rochelle

In a country that is literally spilling over with pretty coastal towns, La Rochelle is one of the most beautiful. The historic port has been lovingly maintained, with a lively quayside, colourful boats, and a wealth of enticing cafes, bars and restaurants where you can take it all in. Park your hire car, and you won't have far to look for things to see. Marvel at the spectacular Gothic gateway, Porte de la Grosse Horloge, before entering a delightful jumble of pedestrianised streets, framed by buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries that now house boutiques where you can buy anything from antiquarian books to stylish clothes and mouthwatering pastries. 

There is a raft of museums, including the Musée Maritime, Musée du Nouveau Monde, and Museum d’Histoire Naturelle - but two more unusual museums that you should try to make time for are the Musée du Flacon à Parfum, home to more than 1,000 iconic perfume bottles; and the Musée des Automates, which houses a collection of antique moving figures.

Activities in La Rochelle for Kids & Families

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Thanks for the info. I will of-course use Nova in the future - if you continue to have "excellent rates", nota bene

Thomas , Feb-2012

We are annual visitors to France and used Nova for the first time this year. What a pleasure! The booking process was quick and easy, the rate was superb and the car at La Rochelle Airport was top class.

Harold Denning, Feb-2012

Will surely book with Nova again. Our car hire experience at La Rochelle was flawless from start to finish.

Paul S Pine, Feb-2012

Picked up and dropped off without a problem. Your rates and entire service are miles ahead of the pack. Thank you.

Nigel R Harding, Feb-2012

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Activities in La Rochelle for Kids & Families

Hi! My name is Joanna and I'm the Head of Car Hire at Nova. I love travelling, dogs, classical music, reading, and making sure all our customers have the best car rental experience!

Activities in La Rochelle for Families

With its wealth of wonderful beaches to choose from, La Rochelle is automatically a great place for a family holiday, but there are other attractions here that make it even more appealing for those with non-adults in tow. Here are some of our favourite child-friendly La Rochelle haunts:


Probably the biggest draw for young and old in La Rochelle is its cutting-edge aquarium. Watch little eyes grow wide with wonder as you start your visit in an old 'submarine' that descends to the ocean floor, where a tunnel of jellyfish move their tentacles to the rhythm of classical music. Other standouts include the massive open ocean aquarium packed with otherworldly rays and scary sharks, a jungle area with toothy piranhas, and the peculiar newt-like mudskippers. Education was never this much fun.

Musée des Automates

A must-see for the young and young-at-heart, the Musée des Automates (Automation Museum) is a little theme-park-style exhibition area at 14 rue La Désirée, where you can see 300 automated dolls from the past two centuries. There is an almost life-size interpretation of Montmartre in Paris, featuring a version of the Moulin Rouge and the funicular railway. next door is the equally enchanting Musée des Modèles Réduits (Scale Model Museum), with its miniature cars, computer-automated naval battles and whistling model railway.

Plage de Chatelaillon

One of the most popular beaches in La Rochelle, Plage de Chatelaillon is pristine and well-maintained with restaurants nearby catering for even the fussiest eater. With car hire, Plage de Chatelaillon is just 12km from La Rochelle via the straight N137. With its powdery beach sheltered between the Ile de Ré to the north and the Ile d’Oléron to the south, the beach is ideal for children. Enjoy nearly 3km of golden sand and spectacular views of the Îles de Ré, d’Oléron, d’Aix and the imposing Fort Boyard.

Centre Aquatique 29°

If the water at the Plage de Chatelaillon is too chilly for the little ones, head for the Centre Aquatique 29°, named because the water is maintained at a comfortable and constant 29°C. It has three indoor pool of varying sizes, one of which is designed to catch those adventurous enough to try the massive 110m water slide. Also inside, you’ll find a paddling pool, children’s play area, two bubble pools, and a jacuzzi. For balmier days, there are three more pools and two slides outside, including the 11-metre ‘Jet Gliss’.


One of the biggest family attractions in the La Rochelle area is Futuroscope, a high-tech science theme park with futuristic style architecture just two minutes from Exit 28 on the A10-E5 motorway (Paris-Bordeaux). Entertainingly educational and great fun, Futuroscope is a playground of 4-D simulator rides and 3-D film shows that present a vision of the future on land and sea and in space. Translation headsets make the the experience even more enjoyable.