©

Rochefort trip planner

Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free

Start planning your trip here!

+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close
Trip Planner Europe  /  France  /  Nouvelle-Aquitaine  /  Charente-Maritime  /  Rochefort

Rochefort

4.3
Specialty Museums · Military Museums · Bridges
Rochefort is a commune in southwestern France, a port on the Charente estuary. It is a sub-prefecture of the Charente-Maritime department. See also Roquefort, the famous blue cheese.HistoryIn December 1665, Rochefort was chosen by Jean-Baptiste Colbert as a place of "refuge, defense and supply" for the French Navy. The Arsenal de Rochefort served as a naval base and dockyard until it closed in 1926.In September 1757, Rochefort was the target of an ambitious British raid during the Seven Years' War.Another infrastructure of early Rochefort from 1766 was its bagne, a high-security penal colony involving hard labor. Bagnes were then common fixtures in military harbors and naval bases, such as Toulon or Brest, because they provided free labor. During the Jacobin period of the French Revolution (1790–95), over 800 Roman Catholic priests and other clergy who refused to take the anti-Papal oath of the "Civil Constitution of the Clergy" were put aboard a fleet of prison ships in Rochefort harbor, where most died due to inhumane conditions.
Plan your trip to Rochefort and other France destinations using our handy France trip planner.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Rochefort

  • Compose it!
    Your own itinerary for your car vacation, beach vacation, city trip, any near or distant journey ... ready within 10 minutes.
  • Customize it.
    Refine your plan. We find the best routes and opportunities.
  • Book it.
    Choose from the best accommodations (Expedia, AirBnB), airlines and activities, by yourself or share with travel professionals for the utmost experience. Up to 50% discount!
  • Do it yourself.
    Or share your plan with travel professionals for a customized trip

Places to visit with Rochefort

BordeauxTrip planner BEST FOR: Landmark, Architectural Building, Historic Walking Area La RochelleTrip planner BEST FOR: Aquarium, Water Body, Landmark BiarritzTrip planner BEST FOR: Aquarium, Lookout, Beach Sarlat-la-CanedaTrip planner BEST FOR: Landmark, Flea Market, Garden Chasseneuil-du-PoitouTrip planner BEST FOR: Theme Park