Access to the city centre

10 min from the “Résidence de l'Arsenal Royal”

International Sea Centre (CIM)

The CIM fully illustrates the vocation of cultural meeting centre: it highlights and discusses the prestigious past of the monument, wide dissemination of the maritime idea and ensures cultural production activity: - design and realization of exhibitions that sweep many aspects of the maritime sector; - organizing conferences, animations; - publishing or co-publishing books on the human adventure of the sea; - welcoming young audiences and school; - management of a specialized library, a store of ropes and restaurant Les Longitudes..

The Marine Museum

Audio guide in hand, browse the collections of the Museum of the Navy: models of instruction, model of warships, tables, tools, weapons... but also a model of Fort Boyard which will reveal all the secrets of the famous Fort! All the keys to the Arsenal are there for you to take possession of.

Unmissable ballads

With 300 km of trails, you will have the choice for your ballads. On foot or by bike, follow our marked trails and you will be seduced by the seaside, the estuary, the countryside and the city. Rochefort will surprise you with its cultural heritage.

The remarkable heritage of Rochefort

The city of Rochefort inherits a prestigious past, with its urban heritage among the richest and most remarkable of the Charente-Maritime. It was also classified as a city of art and History in 1987.

It is also a spa town par excellence which has one of the deepest sources of France. Rochefort is the most important spa centre in the whole of the centre-west of France. The cultural life is rich with museum, theatre, and many animations.

If you like the ballads, Rochefort has the biketourism label, many cycling trails await you to explore the land, the seaside and the surroundings.

The Maritime adventure continues

In the seventeenth century, Louis XIV dreamed of reigning as Master on Earth as on the seas... He chose Rochefort and the Charente to build and arm his warships. The maritime arsenal of Rochefort dubbed the "Versailles of The Sea" was a place of technical innovation in naval construction. Between its opening in 1666 and its definitive closure in 1927, nearly 550 warships were built there!

Today this is the perfect place for a walk in the garden of returns.

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The call of the wide

The ocean has always been a part of Rochefort's history.
Today it is an invitation for relaxation in the sun, sea baths, foot fishing along the coastline...
Breathe in the sea air and embark on the ocean during boat rides, kayaking, stand up and paddle and end up tasting a delicious seafood platter!

Welcome to Rochefort Océan.

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