Although many english tourists have never heard of Rochefort you can easily spend a whole day here without getting bored for one moment. We mention some of the best known attractions and leave out the super touristic and very crowded island of Île d'Oléron.
Right in the center of the city and within walking distance of the port and the "Corderie Royale" you will find a free parking for over 1,000 cars.
- Fort Boyard symbol for the Charente-Maritime
- The frigate l'Hermione
- The Corderie Royale
- The Pont Transbordeur is like a giant skilift over the river Charente
- Various churches and other historical buildings
Here under the links to the Rochefort Tourist Board and some of the attractions.
The english version of the Rochefort website that shows about everything worth visiting in and around town.
Fort Boyard is known from television but also a symbol for the Charente-Maritime. It can be visited by boat from Fouras near Rochefort all summer long.
l'Hermione, the frigate of freedom. This replica was built without original plans and with tools from the days of the original frigate. In 2015 it will sail to the east coast of the USA.
The Corderie Royale is the impressive 374 meter (409 yards) long building where the ropes for the ships of Rochefort were made until 1867. Nowadays it is a museum and also houses the Tourist Office of Rochefort.
The Pont Transbordeur is like a big open skilift travelling between the banks of the river Charente. There are only 8 bridges of this type in the world (of which 3 in the UK).