The first thing to know about La Rochelle, and probably the first thing the locals will mention with pride, is their enormus harbour full of boats and luxury yachts of all sizes. They claim it is the biggest in Europe an there is no disputing that sailing and its maritime history has shaped the city. The equally impressive Port Vieux or 'old harbour' is right in the heart of the city and the starting point of the city's 'Passeur électro-solaire' - a solar powered water bus that brings you from the school directly into the centre of the city. The best thing about this water bus is that you can use the city transport card just like a normal bus. La Rochelle is located on the Atlantic coast of the Charente Maritime. While there is a touristic feel to this city it is anything but sleepy, a university town with a young population, lots to see and explore and getting around the city couldn't be easier with its bike friendly paths and 17th century huddled streets. Our partner school in La Rochelle is InLingua, part of a network of quality language schools that pride themselves in new ways to learn languages, bringing learning into the digital age and not limiting learning to a classroom. This school take your comfort personal and are very welcoming to students and understand the challenges in learning a new language, experiencing a new culture and being away from home. Their network of host families are equally welcoming and will help students become fully immersed in the language. If you like sports then La Rochelle is perfect for you with sailing, surfing and many other sports on your door step, along with impressive coastal cycle paths that take you outside the city. A visit to Île de Ré is a must, this is an island to the west of the city and accessible by a dominating but elegant modern bridge. The island is extremely popular with tourists and local and renound for the queues getting over and back, so plan ahead. La Rochelle is a safe city, perfect for students 16+ and ideal to fully immerse into French culture with a mixture of classroom and extra curricular activities.
Loches, the beautiful gem of the Loire Valley in Central France, is a town as rich in ancient history as it is steeped in scenic beauty. The town is located 29km from the vibrant cosmopolitan centre of Tours. The main attractions include the impressive 12th century Keep which looms over the town and the massive 52 metre tall Tour St Antoine. Here in Loches, the winding medieval streets and Renaissance meet busy cafés, Restaurants and shops. For the adventurous, there are plenty of activities, such as walks into the breathtaking countryside, cycling excursions, horse riding and watersports.