Niort and La Rochelle
Discover these cities from the Hotel Fontarabie
Our charming hotel, located close to Niort, invites you to enjoy a wonderful trip between the land and the sea!
Niort, the sentinel of the marshlands, enjoys an idyllic existence along the green waters of the Sèvre Niortaise river. Amid this lush setting, visitors can savour the famous "Green Belt" that runs along the riverbanks - ideal for walking and fishing.
Niort, located at a crossroads and a perpetual trading town, can be recognised instantly by its keep - one of the most beautiful twin keeps in France. Just beyond the keep, the hills of Notre-Dame and Saint Andrew (Saint-André), with their respective churches, rival one another in elegance.
Niort, the capital and indeed the very heart of the department of Deux-Sèvres, also owes its fame to the leading French mutual societies to which it has historically been home (the town is the 4th largest financial hub in France).
La Rochelle is a dazzling sight, nestled on the shores of the Atlantic.
The historic capital of the province of Aunis, the city has long been loved by painters, who are drawn to its bustle and vivacity. Located a mere 45 minutes from the Hotel, La Rochelle is one of the jewels of the Atlantic coast.
Facing onto the ocean, the majestic towers - the guardians of the city - attest to the power and wealth it has enjoyed over the centuries. These maritime fortifications, built during the Middle Ages, are now classified as historic monuments. In addition to the fortified Old Harbour ("Vieux Port"), a number of other areas, each a veritable village within the city, invite visitors to linger.