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Destination La Rochelle

Welcome to La Rochelle!

La Rochelle is a dynamic, welcoming and lively city which will captivate you for some hours or days …

… first of all with its maritime character. Anchored to the Atlantic coast, near the Islands of Ré and Oléron, La Rochelle is best discovered and enjoyed through its various ports: the Old Port in the city centre, the marina at les Minimes, the Commercial port of La Pallice, and the fishing port of Chef de Baie. Its exceptional water and its taste for sports challenges have made it a household name on the national and international boating circuit.
At La Rochelle, come and enjoy the Ocean within the City …

… with its prestigious heritage, preserved and prized over the years. La Rochelle the White, and its two Towers guarding the Old Port; but also its churches, its secret roads lined with arcades, its old wooden and aristocratic houses, its stately residences which take you back to a fascinating history …
In addition, Arts and Culture are part of everyday life. La Rochelle lives at an intense pace with big events like the Francofolies, the International Film Festival, the Grand Pavois, the TV Fiction Festival, the "Jazz between the Two Towers" Festival, and a good number of others!
At La Rochelle, come and absorb an authentic living heritage, and plunge straight into what's happening!

… by its quality of life in the end. When talking about environment, the name of La Rochelle is often associated with it. The image of the city is indissoluble with the quality of its city life, such is the resolve to keep La Rochelle beautiful and innovative, and make it a model of urban ecology.
The city privileges "clean" forms of transport (self-service bicycles, electric shuttles, sea bus, electric cars …) and natural spaces (parks and gardens, the marsh of Tasdon, the "Pavillon bleu" listed beach).
At La Rochelle, come and enjoy a unique experience in quality of the environment and quality tourism!

Find out more about:

  • how to get around and discover La Rochelle, click here.
  • Sites to visit, accommodation and eating out, click here (links to the Tourism Office website:

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