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Rochefort Guide

Rochefort is a small town in the Poitou-Charentes region, in the southwestern part of France. With a population of fewer than 30,000, this Rochefort is part of the Charente-Maritime prefecture, not to be mistaken with the many other Rochefort in France. Rochefort is a great base from which to explore the western Atlantic coast of France and driving is the way to do so. Choose car hire at Rochefort, to begin your journey along the coast.

Rochefort itself is just a few minutes' drive from the Atlantic coast. The Poitou-Chanrentes region includes three islands, Aix, Mrs and Oleron, and has a 250km coastline. The area surrounding Rochefort in stunning, but so is the coastal region that can be explored from here. Visitors should drive to get the most of this region and cheap car hire at Rochefort is available from major rental companies.

The region has one major airport, Rochefort Airport or Airport Rochefort St. Agnant in French. The airport is located 14kms south of the city centre and primarily supports low-cost airlines, such as Ryanair, easyJet and Flybe. Public transportation is limited at the airport and passengers are recommended to seek out car rental at Rochefort.

Rochefort is centrally located to explore other major towns and cities in the region. The city itself is easily accessible from the E602/A837 motorway in the north and the D733 from the south. Nearby cities include Rochelle (28kms), Saintes (40kms) and Nantes (150kms). Paris is located about 480kms away. By using car hire at Rochefort, visitors will be able to easily access these towns and cities.

Exploring the maritime city of Rochefort is easily done on foot. Visitors will enjoy strolling down the Rue de la Republique or simply watching all the vessels moored along the canal, port and river. Maritime enthusiasts should not miss visiting the Bassin de Bougainville and the old drawbridge in Papenburg.

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