Visit La Rochelle, Porte Océane and Cité Millénaire

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Discover La Rochelle, capital city of Charente Maritime, and give in to the city’s own version of la dolce vita during your holiday there.

What to see in La Rochelle ? The city is also named « the Ocean's gateway » with its 3 harbours – fishing, trading and sailing. La Rochelle won’t disappoint you with its fantastic historical and cultural heritage.

Your visit of La Rochelle should start with the old town, its cobblestone streets and typical arcades. Then stroll down to the Vieux Port (old harbour) and its 2 world famous medieval towers. It was the setting for several Red Bull Cliff Diving La Rochelle contests – a high diving world championship stage that gathered over 75,000 spectators in 2015.

Proceed your exploration of La Rochelle with an excursion to Aquarium La Rochelle, one of the largest private aquariums in Europe. Then ride to the Minimes marina – labelled Blue Pavilion of Europe – on one of the famous free yellow bikes of the Yélo network and have lunch at the eponymous beach, plage des Minimes.


Go to « Les Franco » i.e. Les Francofolies de La Rochelle festival.

Your vacation in La Rochelle will also give you the opportunity to fuel on thrilling sensations and emotions, whether you are a music, movies or boat lover. Vibrate to the rhythm of Les Francofolies de La Rochelle, discover France’s second most important International Film Festival after Cannes – plus the TV Movies Festival in September – and see the most beautiful sailing boats at le Grand Pavois, one of the most important nautical fairs in the world. Not to mention Jazz entre les deux Tours festival, another reference on its own.

Finally, remind that La Rochelle is a particularly sunny destination, at about the same levels as the Mediterranean coastline.

« Ici, ici, c’est La Rochelleb! » (« This is La Rochelle! »). Sports fans might be familiar with Stade Rochelais Rugby chant that can be heard at Marcel Deflandre stadium at every Top 14 game. You too can take part to this fantastic experience ! Just schedule a vacation or a weekend break that includes a match day and book a rented accommodation or pitch for your motor home at a campsite in La Rochelle.

Select your campsite near La Rochelle, head for the old harbour and sail towards Ile de Ré, Ile d’Oléron or Ile d’Aix.