What to do in and around Rochefort

Rochefort Océan, home of Fort Boyard

Encouraged by the air of adventure and faraway lands, head out on the water in Rochefort Océan. The renowned spa resort of Rochefort opens onto the Charente estuary (straddled by the latest transporter bridge in France), the ocean, Île d’Aix and Île Madame. Chosen by Colbert to become the largest military arsenal in the kingdom, this Ville d’Art et d’Histoire (Town of Art and History) was also the home port of the famous frigate Hermione. Spend some unforgettable moments with the family high up on the Accro Mâts, and don't pass up the opportunity to visit the Royal Ropery before you leave either. Children will be fascinated to discover how they made the huge great ropes for the French royal fleet. Has the 3D tour of Pierre Loti’s house at the Musée Hèbre inspired you to do some travelling?
Then prepare to set sail from Rochefort or the seaside resort of Fouras-les-Bains for the picturesque Île d’Aix. On this tiny island where cars are rarely seen, nature reigns supreme! Dotted with hollyhocks, maritime pines, cypresses and marshland flowers, Aix island is like an enormous garden – perfect for strolling, carriage rides and cycling, as well as swimming, fishing and boat trips. On the very island where Napoleon stayed, you can pay a visit to the museum dedicated to the emperor. Don’t neglect Fort Liédot either, which was built to protect the bay of Île d’Aix and the Arsenal de Rochefort before Fort Boyard existed. Although you can’t visit the famous stone vessel that stands in the middle of the Pertuis, halfway between the islands of Aix and Oléron, you can get closer by boat. It also lends its name to a sporting event, the Fort Boyard Challenge, which includes a host of tournaments for activities such as paddle boarding, Polynesian pirogues and windsurfing from the Grand Plage in Fouras-les-Bains.

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Things to see and do in Rochefort

Illustration de l'Hermione à Rochefort
The Hermione

Set a course for the Hermione, a reconstruction of La Fayette’s frigate, and find out if you have what it takes to be a boatswain and scramble up the rigging.

Illustration du Fort Boyard
Fort Boyard

Embark at La Pointe de la Fumée in Fouras-les-Bains to get as close as you possibly can to this most famous stone vessel. Souvenir photo obligatory!

Illustration d'un vélo dans un village de l'Île d'Aix
Île d’Aix

Set off on an invigorating cycle ride that takes in the pearl of the Charente estuary. Forts and ramparts jostle with golden sandy beaches, forests, oyster farms and acres of sloping vineyards. It’s all here.

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