Here are a few ideas for your cultural outings and sports activities:
La Rochelle is situated in the Charente-Maritime department, which is in the Poitou-Charentes region. A City of History, La Rochelle will charm you with its architecture, monuments, and geographical location, as well as with its climate and extraordinary atmosphere. The Charente-Maritime is a premier tourist destination that offers many sites to visit, including its three islands: The “white “ island of Ré, the “brightly-colored” island of Oléron, and the charming little island of Aix.
To find out more, contact the city Tourist Office at 2, Quai George Simenon.
You will also find addresses for all the best restaurants and bars in La Rochelle on this website!
- La Course offers a varied program of concerts and performances featuring many talented actors and artists. An annual subscription is available for an attractive price. The Box Office is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays.
- Le Carré Amelot is La Rochelle’s cultural center dedicated to the visual and musical arts.
- The GCR Multiplex Cinema: as a student, you can take advantage of the special student rate available on weekdays –show your student card when buying your ticket.
La Rochelle has several museums which invite you to discover its history and heritage:
- Musée des Automates (the Automaton Museum) : 14, rue Désirée – 17000 La Rochelle.
- Musée des Modèles Réduits (The Small-Scale Models Museum), 12 rue Désirée à La Rochelle.
- Musée des Beaux-Arts (The Fine Arts Museum): 28 rue Gargoulleau – 17000 La Rochelle: This museum offers a rich panorama of European painting from the 15th century to the start of the 20th century, including classic works by painters such as Eustache Lesueur, Paul Liégeois, Jacob II de Gheyn, Luca Giordano and Willem van Velde Le Jeune. It also provides a full illustration of the paintings of the 19th century Salon with works by Camille Corot, Paul Huet, Gustave Doré, etc. A special place is given to artists from the region, such as Théodore Chassériau (whose father was from La Rochelle), Eugène Fromentin, and William Bouguereau. In addition to views of La Rochelle’s port by Paul Signac and Albert Marquet, the 20th century is represented by Aristide Maillol, Antoine Bourdelle, Alberto Magnelli, and Paul Chaissac, etc. These are exhibited in turn on an alternating basis.
- Musée du Flacon à Parfum (The Perfume Bottle Museum): 33 rue du Temple – 17000 La Rochelle: This museum holds a surprising collection of a thousand perfume bottles, miniature samples, powder boxes, etc. A hundred years of activity in this luxury sector industry.
- Musée Maritime de La Rochelle (the Maritime Museum) : rue Sénac de Meihan – 17000 La Rochelle.
- Musée du Nouveau Monde (The New World Museum): 10 rue Fleuriau – 17000 La Rochelle: This museum is housed in the mansion house of an 18th century La Rochelle merchant trader ship-owner and plantation owner. It highlights the heritage and special relationship between the New World and France as a whole and La Rochelle.
- The Aquarium : quai Louis Prunier – 17000 La Rochelle.
- Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (The Art and History Museum) : 10 rue Fleuriau – 17000 La Rochelle.
- Museum d’Histoire Naturelle (The Natural History Museum) : 28 rue Albert 1er – 17000 La Rochelle.
The Student Sports Association at Excelia is called the Bureau des Sports (BDS). You take part in both teams and individual sports with this association. A wide range of sports and sports equipment are available. The BDS will be happy to give you all the information you need.