La Rochelle: A beacon to great modern architecture and a popular holiday resort thanks to its long and well-equipped beachLocated at the midpoint of France’s west coast on the Atlantic Ocean, the chic university town of La Rochelle is the latest addition to our northern European cruise itinerary.
Our luxury MSC cruise ship call at this charming port city characterized by the two distinctive rounded towers of the old port, which can welcome even large cruise ships. A popular holiday destination and one of the most attractive ports in France, we recommend coming ashore at La Rochelle to experience a taste of the true France.
Our excursion packages for La Rochelle are not only diverse but represent the best way to see the main sights and to enjoy the most attractive deals. Discovering the lively town of La Rochelle itself is a lovely way to spend the day; wander the elegant streets of the old town, stop for a traditional lunch or pick up picnic essentials from the daily food markets.
The historic town of Cognac is also easily accessible from La Rochelle (about an hour away) and visitors can take a tour around the historic wine cellars. A little known treat is in store on the Ile de Ré, a fashionable car-free island that lies across the ocean from La Rochelle and which is popular with famous French literary and political figures (accessible via a 2.9 km bridge).
Whatever town you visit, the area is a great place to purchase quality souvenirs from the region such as cheese, lace, glass or porcelain from nearby Limoges.
Port average temperature
The city has a temperate continental climate. Owing to the mitigating influence of the Baltic sea and Gulf stream, temperatures in winter are much higher than the northern location might suggest, with the average in January and February around −5°C. Temperatures below −20°C occur normally a week or two in a year. However, because of the latitude, days lasts less than six hours in the winter solstice, and the very cloudy weather at this time of year accentuates the darkness. Conversely, Helsinki enjoys long days in summer, almost nineteen hours at the summer solstice. The average maximum temperature from June through August is around 19 to 21°C. The highest temperature ever recorded at city centre was 31.6°C on July 18, 1945 and the lowest was −34.3°C on January 10, 1987
The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.