Do you know Rochefort? Well if not, after this description you'll be wanting to do just one thing: come and explore all its secrets! Rochefort is listed as a Ville d’Art et d’Histoire and located beside the Charente in south-west France. This place has succeeded in retaining the remnants of its maritime past, and its rich cultural heritage will take you by surprise. Rochefort also enjoys an excellent location, looking out as it does over the Charente estuary, the Île d’Aix and the Île Madame, as well as the ocean. A wonderful way of discovering the jewels of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region!
Did you know? French film Les Demoiselles de Rochefort was filmed in Rochefort. It was an obvious choice, director Jacques Demy having fallen head over heels with its famous Place Colbert. 150 members of the production team gathered in the town from 31st May to 27th August 1966, alongside Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac. Come and see this lovely square too!
On the program? A single day won't be enough to see all the towns nooks and crannies, but here are the unmissables. Start off your stroll with the Porte du Soleil, shaped like a triumphal arch and decorated with motifs from the sea, then head for the National Maritime Museum, and you'll find out all there is to know about the navy. Continue on to the distinctly famous ship called Hermione. If you're after an unusual and fun activity for the family, head off for an adventure in the rigging and some outdoor climbing with Acrro-Mâts! And then you can set off to explore the Royal Ropery, a splendid building, 374 metres in length. You'll love it. And then perhaps you'll be wanting a bit of nature? Come and enjoy the Jardin des Retours on foot or by bike, stroll along the path beside the river and head for the naval battles maze. Will you find your way out? And for a touch of adventure, set sail aboard a boat bound for the Île d’Aix, where a timeless experience awaits you. You really are in for a busy day! Come back again soon to continue your discoveries!
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