Tours de La Rochelle

Discover the history of La Rochelle through the visit of its towers and enjoy a unique panorama. The Saint-Nicolas tower and the Chaîne tower form the majestic gateway to the Old Port. The Lantern Tower, the oldest lighthouse on the Atlantic coast, contains more than 600 graffiti carved by inmates for 3 centuries.

A Maritime Trade Center

Prison towers
All three designed to serve as residences, two out of three towers (namely the Saint Nicolas tower and the Chain Tower) were also places of detention between the sixteenth and eighteenth century for the Huguenots and foreign sailors. They then become military prisons in the nineteenth century. The Lantern tower was used to disarm the boats upstream of the port and was a lighthouse.

The La Rochelle Towers are located 75 km (1h15 by car) of the Mathes - La Palmyre.

Photo credit: La Rochelle Towers, CMN