Fortified Churches and Nature Reserve from La Rochelle

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Local Experience, Museums / Culture, Nature and Wildlife, Religious Heritage


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 5



English (fluent), French (fluent), Italian (basic), Spanish (fluent)

Discover the bay of Aiguillon and its legacy

The natural reserve of Baie de l'Aiguillon is located a few kilometers away from La Rochelle. From the cliffs overlooking the ocean you will get a beautifull view of the bay and the thousands of birds and migratory birds attracted by this site. It's one the best places in the area for bird watching.

WWII German bunkers, craft liftnet fisheries, oyster and mussel farms. . . there is plenty to see along the coastal path surrounding the bay.

Near the shore, the villages of Marsilly and Esnandes host two fortified churches from the XIIth century, their romanesque facades and medieval crenels. We will make a stop to visit them (depending on the opening time) and understand their strategical interests.

I will be happy to guide you on this tour off the beaten path only fifteen kilometers from La Rochelle.


From La Rochelle we will drive 15km north to Esnandes in order to discover San Martin's Church. Then we will head to Pointe Saint Clement and get a beautiful view on the Aiguillon Bay. Depending on your preferences we can take a walk on the coastal path or enjoy a drink or snack in one of the seaside restaurants.
Afterward we will go the Marsilly's fortified Church and make a last stop on the coast by one of the WWII german bunkers.
Please note that this tour can be modify, don't hesitate to contact me for any information needed.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you at your hotel or at your cruise ship with a private driver.

End location: I will bring you back at your hotel or at your cruise ship with a private driver.

Duration: 3 hours 30 min.


The car is a BWM Series 2 Gran Tourer with air conditioned. Four travelers can seat comfortably in it, there is an extra seat but it's small and more suitable for a child.

What’s Included

- My services as your private tour guide
- Transportation with a private driver
- Advice for the rest of you trip

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 euros - - 6 euros to access the church remparts
- Around 15 euros if you prefer to enjoy the view savouring fresh oysters instead of walking along the coastal path

What’s Extra

- Any personal expenses or souvenirs
- We can stop in an oyster farm in the Aiguillon bay, to taste some local seafood with a glass of Pineau des Charentes. The bill shouldn't be more than 17euros per person.


I am not a driver guide but I can arrange transportation upon request.
I am not licensed to guide inside museums due to local regulations.

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