Visit Rochefort sur Mer, its naval shipyard and the land of Fort Boyard

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Welcome to Rochefort sur Mer in Pays de Fort Boyard! Find a campsite near Rochefort to spend royal vacations : the Hermione, Corderie Royale, Arsenal Maritime – naval shipyard, Pont Transbordeur, Summer Sound Festival…

Rochefort sur Mer, « Colbert‘s city », a « royal » destination to discover a unique naval and sea heritage.

Rochefort sur Mer is labelled « ville d'art et d'histoire » (« city of art and History »). It’s also a spa resort famous for its magnesium-filled water and a marina that’s labelled « Pavillon Bleu » (« blue flag ») because of its clear water that awaits you for a full vacation, a day trip or a family visit. It mixes History, culture, sea and river tourism.

Discover the many historical spots of the city of Rochefort : Hôtel de Cheusses (Naval Museum), Pont Transbordeur du Martou, writer Pierre Loti’s house, the Commissariat de La Marine (marine police station). Explore the Arsenal Maritime (naval shipyard), a site that applied to feature as a UNESCO World Heritage Site : Porte du Soleil, Corderie Royale, dry docks, Maison du Roy (« king’s house »), Tour des Signaux (« signals tower »), Magasin aux Vivres (« supplies store »), water tower… Visit also the Musée National de La Marinenational navy museum ») and  Centre International de La Mer International Sea Centre ») at the heart of the arsenal.

Do not resist the urge to step aboard the Hermione, La Fayette’s legendary’s frigate, of which Rochefort sur Mer is the official home port. Colbert’s city gathers many more marvels and treasures such as Théâtre de la Coupe d’Or, Place Colbert made famous by French musicals director Jacques Demy and more particularly his movie Les demoiselles de Rochefort, Hèbre museum in Saint-Clément, or the former Navy Medical School.

A small tip courtesy of : plan your visit of Rochefort on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday to enjoy one of the area’s loveliest markets in the gorgeous market hall. Fish, seafood or cagouilles (snails) lovers rejoice !



Find a campsite near Rochefort sur Mer, in Châtelaillon, Saint-Laurent-de-La-Prée, Saint-Nazaire-sur-Charente, Surgères, Saint-Savinien or Saint-Sornin and explore Pays de Fort Boyard.

Rochefort sur Mer is the biggest city in Pays Rochefortais also known as « Pays de Fort Boyard » (« land of Fort Boyard »). Cross the river Charente by foot or riding a bike on the Pont Transbordeur from Rochefort and stop at Maison du Transbordeur in Echillais on the other bank.

Go discover Rochefort’s coastline and the unspoiled nature areas of Charente’s estuary. Nature and bird lovers will just love exploring Marais d’Yves et de Moëze natural reserves. Go on a cruise to Île d’Aix after having circled Fort Boyard which has become the symbol of Charente-Maritime, starting in Fouras Les Bains or Port des Barques on the other bank. Beware, « Ile Madame », is accessible when the tide is low only.

Rochefort sur Mer awaits you in Pays de Fort Boyard for seaside camping holidays in an unspoilt natural environment that’s perfectly located between La Rochelle, Saintes and Royan.

Our pick: discover « Summer Sound Festival », first 100% electronic music festival in Southwest France – 20 000 festival-goers at Corderie Royale in 2016.



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