La Rochelle and its surroundings
Come and visit the third most visited city in France!
An exceptional living environment:
La Rochelle enjoys an annual rate of sunshine close to that of the Côte d’Azur, and its temperate climate comes from its proximity to the Islands of Ré, Oléron, Aix, and Madame. The city is set in surroundings made up of green parks, sandy beaches, fortifications, and limestone cliffs. This is a natural heritage which the city guards and maintains with passion.
With more than 3 million visitors a year, La Rochelle is the third most visited city in France. A genuine jewel of the Atlantic Coast, located between Nantes and Bordeaux, is 3 hours from Paris by TGV. It has its own airport, which serves several major European cities.
Its port and harbor sites make La Rochelle a key Atlantic coast location for pleasure sailing and commercial shipping. The city’s suburban area has 169 700 inhabitants and is, without a doubt, one of the most valuable assets of the Poitou-Charentes region.
A tourist city and a pioneer in the field of ecology, the La Rochelle urban agglomeration has strategically capitalized on its inherent resources (the nautical industry, agro-food industry, urban ecology, events tourism, etc.) More recently, the city has also developed an interest in high-tech industries.
IEF is housed within the premises of Excelia, situated on the university campus in the “Minimes” district of the city. The Les Minimes campus offers students a university library and a magnificent mediathèque and university restaurants, student halls of residence, sports centers, and a 12-screen multiplex cinema.
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A departure point from which to discover a wealth of tourist delights:
- The islands : Ré, Oléron, Aix…
- Rochefort, Corderie Royale (Royal rope-making factory), and the Hermione (tall ship) shipyard
- Le Marais Poitevin
- The Loire Valley Castles
- The Futuroscope theme park
… and so much more… come this way!