Located on the Bay of Biscay, La Rochelle’s history mostly involved the sea; today it has a large pleasure-boat marina. Thus its heart is the picturesque “Vieux Port” (“Old Harbour”). The city retains a rich architectural heritage, and has an aquarium, attractive gardens and a natural-history museum.
The port of La Rochelle has been standing here since the XIIIth century. The towers date back to the XIVth and XVth centuries. They outlived the destruction of the ramparts after the Siege of 1628. There is the St Nicolas Tower, the tallest, opposite the Chain Tower and then further on from the latter, stands the Lighthouse Tower used both as a lighthouse and a defensive tower and linked to the Chain Tower by a defensive wall.
La Rochelle museums invite you to a wonderful trip. Dive into a sea side adventure with the Aquarium of La Rochelle, and Maritime Museum. Then hear about the story of great explorers at Natural History Museum and the Museum of the New World (relationship between La Rochelle and the Americas since XVth century).
La Rochelle is the perfect place to take a stroll in beautiful parks and gardens, or marvel at majestic trees and greenery. Each park, each garden has its own atmosphere in La Rochelle. Thus, escape tumult and city stress in the Charruyer Park right in the heart of La Rochelle, whereas the Franck Delmas Park invites you to the voyage. The allée du Mail invites you to daydreams at the edge of the ocean when the Botanical Garden arouses your curiosity. In La Rochelle everyone finds its green space!
The Francofolies: A music festival created in 1984 in La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime) at the initiative of Jean-Louis Foulquier. Ever since, the festival has taken place every year in July, and it now welcomes more than 122,000 spectators over a week. 5 stages are scattered around the town centre.