La Rochelle has always drawn its strength from the ocean. Its development has been shaped by fishing, maritime trade, shipbuilding and nautical construction. A last sector in which it has acquired a unique status on the world stage, thanks to an exceptional concentration of skills, large infrastructures, quality and animation of its bay and harbors.
A millennium-old city with a resolutely forward-looking vision, La Rochelle is a beautiful and generous city that combines outstanding natural and architectural heritage preservation and innovative, reasoned and harmonious development of its territory.
Nestled in the heart of the Atlantic coast, it has made its maritime anchorage a formidable asset of economic, tourist and cultural development.