Living in La Rochelle

La Rochelle

La Rochelle is the “capital” of the Charente-Maritime department and a coastal town with 76 711 inhabitants. It has the largest marina on the Atlantic coast and is one of the biggest French ports in terms of the economy and tourism.

When you stroll through La Rochelle, you are taking a walk through 1000 years of history related to the sea, an authentic and living heritage : the Old port and its famous towers, the arcades, the aquarium, the numerous classified monuments to name but a few. La Rochelle, together with the nearby islands of Ré, Oléron and Aix, is situated in the sunniest region on the Atlantic coast (almost as sunny as the Côte d’Azur).

There is an exceptionally high quality living environment, it’s a great place to enjoy the good life.

Arts, culture, sport…

The arts, culture, international events are part of everyday life : the music festival the “Francofolies”, the International Film Festival, the festival of TV fiction, the Documentary Film Festival, the International Nautical Fair called “the Grand Pavois”, among others. La Rochelle is also home to more than 730 cultural and sports associations, not to mention its famous rugby club, the “Stade Rochelais”.

Environment

La Rochelle is at the forefront when it comes to “clean” public transport, which is an authentic symbol of the town: self-service municipal bikes, the sea bus, electric cars and shuttles etc. La Rochelle lays claim to be a model of urban ecology, where the preservation of the environment is a major preoccupation.

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Published Wednesday 11 January 2012