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26 May 2023

Events in and around La Rochelle

Every year, numerous events take place in the heart of the city, including the Francofolies, the Marathon, the Grand Pavois and the Festivals. At reception, you’ll be able to discover the “Athome City Guide”, which allows you to explore La Rochelle and the Île de Ré on foot or by bike.

Events in La Rochelle

The Grand Pavois welcomes 100,000 visitors every year. One of the 5 most important in-water boat shows, it was created in 1973. Over the course of 6 days, you can discover over 700 boats and visit 100,000 square meters of exhibition space. This not-to-be-missed event for all sea and sailing enthusiasts is the highlight of the autumn season.

The Francofolies take place in July and attract 150,000 festival-goers. For 5 days, the whole city beats to the rhythm of the ” francos ” : on the big stage facing the sea, at the Coursive Scène Nationale and in the street on the free FrancOff stages. In bars, streets and restaurants, music is celebrated in all its forms, in all its expressions, and with free access! The Francos Juniors give youngsters the chance to discover creative shows, songs, theater and poetry created just for them.

The TV Fiction Festival takes place in September and lasts 5 days. The latest audiovisual creations are presented and entered into competition. Professionals gather in La Rochelle for training and discussion. For the general public, the Festival offers an opportunity to meet the best-known faces of the small screen, and to hunt for autographs at the signing sessions.

With its course between land and sea, the Serge Vigot Marathon is the 2nd largest marathon in France (behind Paris). 10,000 runners come to compete over 42,195 km during the last weekend of November. If you don’t run, but enjoy the Marathon atmosphere, you can join the dozen or so bands lining the route and cheer the players on in song!

Events at L’île de Ré

It’s famous for its light, its hollyhocks, its majestic bridge… The island of Ré unfurls its villages of white houses, punctuated by the colors of hollyhocks. You can discover the island by bike or on foot, to appreciate all its beauty. The Pont de Ré is permanently open (free for bikes and pedestrians). In summer, shuttle buses take you to the beach at Rivedoux in just a few minutes. And why not try your hand at Kite Surfo or padle!

The village of Saint Martin de Ré is famous for its fortifications, built by Vauban and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the far end of the island, the village of Saint Clément des Baleines boasts the largest sandy beach in France and a magnificent lighthouse visited by 160,000 curious visitors every year. Climb the 257 steps to discover a unique 360° panorama. As you travel around the Ile de Ré, you’ll admire sun-drenched salt marshes and vineyards, come across donkeys in their breeches, taste oysters and famous potatoes, swim on long, wild beaches…

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