La Rochelle is a town in France located on the west coast of the Bay of Biscay in Poitou Charentes. The distance from La Rochelle to Paris estimates 470 kilometers. The number of population of this city estimates approximately 77 thousands of people.
There are no beaches in this town. The closest one to the city is located three kilometers west from the Old Port. It is called Les Minimes and is located on the embankment named Valen. Besides this there is lle de Re famous for its sand beaches. It is located 9 kilometers away from the town.
One of the main places of interest of La Rochelle is the Old Port in the center of the city. The port looks like a haven surrounded by the Old City. In the XIV century the port got two large towers built for protective purposes. These are La-Chaîne on west and Saint-Nicolas on east. When La Rochelle was in danger, between these towers were stretched chains that closed the entrance to the port.
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