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A fishing and trading centre since the 12th century, La Rochelle is a coastal town in southwestern France, on the Atlantic Ocean. Its charming Old Port contrasts with the immense and ultra-modern yacht harbour of Les Minimes. It is the sweetness of life, the spray and the invigorating air that one comes to look for in this city which was the first in France to equip itself with a modern tramway and cycle paths worthy of the name. This city with a strong ecological tendency is characterized by its medieval half-timbered houses or Renaissance architecture, and its narrow streets with arcades (17th century), but also a great biodiversity considering the variety of its natural ecosystems: low coasts, sandy coasts, coasts with cliffs, coves, small capes, promontories... Four ports and three beaches have been built on this magnificent coastline. You can enjoy the beaches, go to sea, learn to sail, at the École de voile Rochelaise, walk on a botanical path... This lively and peaceful city at the same time, knows how to retain its visitors from guided night tours in a horse-drawn carriage, from welcoming bicycles to small gourmet addresses. Among the must-see attractions are the La Rochelle aquarium, the Bunker museum that reveals the history of La Rochelle during the Second World War and the Nicolas Tower. But it is through the alleys, shops and terraces that you will appreciate La Rochelle and the well-being it offers.

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From May to October the temperatures are mild. Only precipitation can bother you, but if it is frequent, it usually leaves room for thinning. And between two rains the light is superb! The highlight of the cultural year is mid-July with the Francofolies de La Rochelle, an emblematic festival of songs and contemporary music. It is difficult then to find accommodation at the last moment. But if you have planned your stay, you will enjoy this good-natured and joyful festival. Film festivals, sports events and water sports events are held throughout the year.

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Tour de la Chaîne - CMT17 - E. COEFFE
L'église Saint-Sauveur - CMT17 - E. COEFFE
Le port de La Rochelle. - Kamira777 - iStockphoto
Le fort Boyard - PHOVOIR

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From May to October the temperatures are mild. Only precipitation can bother you, but if it is frequent, it usually l...
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La Rochelle is subject to a warm and temperate climate and records significant rainfall. Even in the driest month the...
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