If you love nothing more than to feel the breeze hitting your face as you sail across the ocean, La Rochelle is definitely a destination you’ll want to visit. Known to be one of the most popular sailing venues in Europe, it’s a great place to take to the water.
Here, we’ll look at just 3 amazing boating adventures you can enjoy along France’s popular western coast.
- Sail to Fort Boyard
Situated off the coast of the Aix Island, you’ll find the most famous fort in France – Fort Boyard. It has a fascinating history and has even been used as a base for the popular TV show of the same name.
After its construction was abandoned several times, it was finally completed in 1857, although by that time it was classed as totally useless in terms of its original purpose. The fort cost a total of 8 million francs to build so an alternative use was sought. Over the years the fort has been used as a prison and by the navy. However, it once again remains abandoned, making it a popular tourist attraction. Sail to this abandoned fort and see just how magnificent it is.
- Explore the beautiful island of lle d’Aix
Just offshore from the port town of La Rochelle, lies the picturesque island of lle d’Aix. There are just 40 people living on this small island and the majority of its tourists are locals. It boasts a beautiful laid-back feel, with stunning beaches and chilled out café’s aplenty. There’s even a great quirky museum you’ll want to check out while you’re there.
If you’re looking for a hidden gem in this popular part of the world, sailing to this small island is highly recommended.
- Take a voyage to Scheveningen
If you’re looking to enjoy a longer sailing experience, you could always sail from La Rochelle to Scheveningen. The entire voyage covers over 500 miles, so it’s not a journey you can do quickly! However, the beautiful sights and experiences along the way make it well worth the sail. You’ll experience a lot of challenges if you’re going it alone, so it’s worth taking out boat and yacht insurance.
These are just 3 amazing boating adventures you can have in La Rochelle. Whether you’re looking for a short sailing trip or a longer voyage, there’s something in the list to suit your preferences. Remember, if you are planning on taking a longer trip, you’ll need to research as much as you can about the voyage and take out necessary insurance in the event the boat or yacht becomes damaged at sea.