My 2 days in…Rochefort

A must-do stopover on the Atlantic Coast situated 35km southeast of La Rochelle, Rochefort has a rich maritime heritage. Let me take you on a visit to the Corderie Royale, the Maritime Museum or the Hermione, where everywhere you turn the world of the sea is present.

Museum of the Navy

Day 1

The National Maritime Museum

If you really want to understand the Maritime Arsenal in Rochefort your first stop should be the National Maritime Museum. Located in the “Hôtel de Cheusses” - former residence of Royal Navy Commanders - it exhibits old models of ships, machines, tools, paintings and countless testimonies and documents.

Full rate: €6,50, reduced rate: €5,50. Tel.: +33 (0)5 46 99 86 57. www.musee-marine.fr

La Corderie Royale

The Corderie Royale

In the heart of the Arsenal, the Corderie Royale is a magnificent building that stretches over 374 metres. Push the doors of this manufactory, where the ropes for the big Royal Navy ships were made, and you'll be instantly plunged into the atmosphere, probably due to the distinct odour of the vegetal fibres. In the workshops you'll discover the crafts of spinners, stranders, knot and rope tiers...

Pass Arsenal des Mers

L’Hermione et l’Accrô-mats

The Hermione and Accro-masts

The Hermione: a famous frigate used by the Marquis de La Fayette to support the American independents in 1780. Result of over seventeen years work, today the Hermione is the biggest replica of an ancient vessel ever rebuilt in France. Inspired by the experience, find out what is was like to be a deckhand at the neighbouring Accro-masts adventure park in the shape of a frigate. Acrobatic thrills and a taste of life at sea guaranteed on the ship's deck. Welcome aboard sailor!

To recover from your emotions, take a stroll through the Jardin des Retours garden that runs the length of the Corderie Royale. Designed by the landscaper Bernard Lassus it has plenty of relaxing views over the Charente river. Then why not stop for lunch in the harbour.

In the evening, take in a show at La Coupe d’Or, a superb 17th century Italian-style theatre.
Check out the programme at www.theatre-coupedor.com*

Rochefort - place Colbert

Day 2

The Bird “Sanctuary”

On the banks of the Charente, the lagoon station treats the sewage and water waste from Rochefort in an economically and environmentally-friendly way. It is also a great spot for sea birds. Take a silent walk around this 70-hectare site to discover this out-of-the-ordinary ornithological spot. Don't forget your binoculars!

Nature Space. Tel.: +33 (0)5 46 82 12 44. Full rate: €6; reduced rate : €5. Free for the under 10.

A walk around town

Built around a checkerboard plan, Rochefort took on its finished appearance thanks to Michel Bégon (Navy Intendent 1688-1710) when he organised the rebuilding of the town in cut stone. Make the most of a stroll through the streets and squares to get a full picture of the architecture and layout. Don't miss the Place Colbert, famous as the setting for cult French film “Les Demoiselles de Rochefort” by Jacques Demy, with Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac.

Enjoy a refreshing drink or a bite to eat on one of the many terraces.

In the evening, treat yourself to a night visit of local history with the Noctambulations: an entertaining and out-of-the-ordinary experience that I would highly recommend!

Noctambulations, every Tuesday in July (9.30pm) and August (9.00pm). www.rochefort-ocean.com

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Relais Thalasso Ile de Ré - Notre produit phare

On the Ile de Ré, the Atalante hotel optimises happiness to make you live the "well-being attitude"!
On the Ile de Ré, the Atalante hotel optimises happiness to make you live the "well-being attitude".


The Atalante Hotel has a thalassotherapy centre. You will have unlimited access to the hydromarine area with a sauna, a hammam and an indoor and outdoor heated seawater pool. You can find the treatment menu on the website http:/www.thalasso-iledere.com

You can also relax in a lounge with a library.


L'Atalante offers a 24-hour reception.


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Port Notre-Dame 17740 Sainte-Marie-de-Ré
Du 01/01/2022 au 14/11/2022
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Hotel Atalante Relais Thalasso et Spa

Hotel Atalante, welcome to a world of peace and wellness and wellbeing
The rooms are cheerfully decorated, more spacious and comfortable - minibar, safety deposit box, satellite TV. All rooms of Atalante hotel**** have a balcony or terrace providing views over the sea or vineyards. They are equipped with free Wifi Internet access, and some of them are equipped with air-conditioning.


Buffet breakfast served every day. Its restaurant serves French cuisine in its dining-room overlooking the sea. You can also enjoy a cocktail on the terrace in good weather.


You will have an unlimited access to the hydro-marine area with its sauna, hammam and heated seawater swimming-pool. You can also relax in the lounge with its library.


Atalande reception desk, bike hire services are open 24 hours a day. A free private car-park is available on site. The town centre of La Rochelle is only 20 minutes by car from the hotel.

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Michel & Hélène Déjean

Large family house for up to 8 people (200m²) with oceanic and Retais charm, in the heart of the peaceful Côte Sauvage area. View of the sea and the bell tower of Ste Marie, surrounded by vineyards, for a regenerating stay with family or friends.


2 shaded and flowered gardens, enclosed by walls. Private swimming pool heated from Easter to early October, protected by an electric cover. 2 outdoor wooden terraces, 1 covered terrace with garden furniture, deckchairs and barbecue.

6 bedrooms (3 beds 160x200, 5 beds 90x200, 2 of which can be converted into 2 beds 180x200). Folding bed and baby chair.

1 bathroom, 2 shower rooms with Italian showers, 3 WCs, 2 of which are separate.

Equipped open-plan kitchen, storeroom and laundry room.

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Wellness, Thai or sports massage performed by a physiotherapist

Massage helps to relieve pain and tension in the body. It meets different needs: to relax, to improve recovery after a sporting event or to meet a therapeutic objective within the framework of a global treatment.
In a very light and zen setting, this will dazzle the holidays allowing the body to recharge and realign itself while the mind can let go.


In today's professional world, employees are increasingly subject to stress, physical and psychological strain, particularly due to the constant demands of new technologies, competitive needs and the acceleration of our way of working.


The muscular tensions and stressful behaviours that develop in your employees are a sign of the dissonance between their desire to perform and their capacities in the face of the needs of the working world.

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Ré Eduk Coach

Our team of physiotherapists is happy to welcome you to a space dedicated to health, sport and well-being.


Healthy movement and sport are at the heart of our concerns.

12, Allée du Phare 17940 Rivedoux-Plage
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Pilates class given by a physiotherapist (private or group in small groups)

Come and do Pilates, sports, wellness massages or water walking on the Ile de Ré, in Rivedoux-Plage!

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