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 which is 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, the city is 3 hours from Paris by TGV and has its own airport which serves a number of major European cities.
Its port and harbour sites make La Rochelle a key Atlantic coast location for both pleasure sailing and commercial shipping. The suburban area of the city has 169 700 inhabitants and is without 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 Group which is 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, as well as university restaurants, student halls of residence, sports centres 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 !