La Rochelle (17 Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle Aquitaine) celebrates its maritime heritage in the autumn with a major Boat Show (Salon Nautique) – Le Grand Pavois 18-23 September 2019 –see

La Rochelle Jazz Festival (Jazz entre les deux Tours) in October 2 – 5 October 2019 (translated as Jazz between the 2 Towers, the 2 towers being the 2 towers which guard the entrance to the port!)


The La Rochelle Jazz festival has been running in October every year since 1998. in the centre of the town of La Rochelle.

This is a festival for well-known musicians (both national and international), and even some regional musicians selected for their musical qualities. The guest list reflects almost all the artistic trends in jazz, blues, world music etc. More than a hundred musicians play in a various venues during the 9 days of the festival. including some free jam sessions open to all.

For more info on the La Rochelle Jazz Festival see

La Rochelle is a dynamic, welcoming and lively city which will captivate you for some hours or days …… first of all with its maritime character. Anchored to the Atlantic coast, near the Islands of Ré and Oléron, La Rochelle is best discovered and enjoyed through its various ports: the Old Port in the city centre, the marina at les Minimes, the Commercial port of La Pallice, and the fishing port of Chef de Baie. Its exceptional water and its taste for sports challenges have made it a household name on the national and international boating circuit.
At La Rochelle, come and enjoy the Ocean within the City with its prestigious heritage, preserved and prized over the years. La Rochelle the White, and its two Towers guarding the Old Port; but also its churches, its secret roads lined with arcades, its old wooden and aristocratic houses, its stately residences which take you back to a fascinating history …
In addition, Arts and Culture are part of everyday life. La Rochelle lives at an intense pace with big events like the Francofolies, the International Film Festival, the Grand Pavois, the TV Fiction Festival, the “Jazz between the Two Towers” Festival, and a good number of others!
At La Rochelle, come and absorb an authentic living heritage, and plunge straight into what’s happening!
… by its quality of life in the end. When talking about environment, the name of La Rochelle is often associated with it. The image of the city is indissoluble with the quality of its city life, such is the resolve to keep La Rochelle beautiful and innovative, and make it a model of urban ecology.
The city privileges “clean” forms of transport (self-service bicycles, electric shuttles, sea bus, electric cars …) and natural spaces (parks and gardens, the marsh of Tasdon, the “Pavillon bleu” listed beach).
At La Rochelle, come and enjoy a unique experience in quality of the environment and quality tourism!