The top 5 things to do in La Rochelle

The top 5 things to do during your stay in La Rochelle

La Rochelle is one of Stein Study’s most popular study abroad destinations for Irish students looking to study French in France. And it’s easy to see why with it’s open green spaces, sea and beaches and easy to use, innovative public transport. La Rochelle offers something for everyone - sporting activities (including water sports), museums, shopping, historic architecture and a friendly cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Our La Rochelle study programs are run with the renowned language school InLingua who offer a range of excursions and activities during your study abroad stay, including trips to local places of interest. But you’ll also get some free time to choose what you want to do during your stay so make the most of it and consider these top 5 things to do in La Rochelle town itself.


Visit this underwater world for a 2 hour experience learning about the oceans and see over 12,000 marine animals. It is a great way to spend a free afternoon by yourself, with friends or with your host family. You can listen to the audio in English but why not listen to it in French and practice your language listening skills whilst you are there.

2. Guided segway tour

This is a fun way to see the sites of La Rochelle. There are morning or afternoon tours available in small groups and included a quick guide to using the segway before you set off to see the sites. Take in the sites of the historic architecture, beautiful coastline and numerous lighthouses.

3. La Rochelle museums

La Rochelle has a range of interesting museums - a Natural History Museum, a Maritime Museum and a Museum of Fine Arts are just a few to name. Museums offer students an affordable and educational experience during their free time and what’s more, if you go on the 1st Sunday of the month (except July and August) it is free.

4. La Rochelle old town

During your stay, be sure to spend some time in the old town section of La Rochelle and look out for the private mansions with wooden or carved stone facades, the town hall with gothic walls and gargoyles, the courthouse and the house of Henry 2nd. Take plenty of photos and remember to talk to the locals to practice your French along the way.

5. Watersports

La Rochelle is a perfect place to learn how to sail. You may experience some sailing with activities arranged by the language school but there are also private sailing courses to enroll on. Or surf! Local beaches offer good surfing conditions especially if you are there during the spring and summer months.

These 5 suggestions are just a few of the wide range of things to do and see in La Rochelle. It really is an ideal study abroad destination for Irish students wanting to study French in France. . Please click here to find out more about our range of courses in La Rochelle and for further information about the town.