La Rochelle aerial ©Julien Chauvet, Ville de La Rochelle

La Rochelle

La Rochelle, the pearl on the Atlantic, will enchant you with its maritime character, its historic past, its rich cultural heritage and its quality of life.

In the Middle Ages, La Rochelle was an important Hanseatic trading centre on the French Atlantic coast. The salt and wine trade made the city independent and prosperous very early on. The towers at the Old Port bear witness to a rich maritime past.

The unique ambience of this port city is a mixture of nature, the historic old town, the Old Port, gastronomy, modern boutiques and a wide range of cultural activities.