The three towers of what remains of the medieval maritime fortifications of La Rochelle harbour stand as proud today as they did back in the early days of their construction in the 14th century. The port played a major part in France's history well into the 17th century. Today of course they are tourist attractions with their terraces being ideal viewpoints for the glorious surrounding vistas. The 'Vieux Port' with its marina and towers as a backdrop is one of those places where you get a good feeling just being there.
It now houses a very good audio/visual display charting France's exploration and colonization of many parts of 'The New World'
The top of the tower gave us our first taste of the spectacular views over the harbour and the city and the two towers we had yet to explore.