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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.
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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.