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La Rochelle Weather And Best Time To Visit La Rochelle
La Rochelle is a port city located on the Atlantic Ocean in the western part of France. Apart from being the capital of the Charente-Maritime department, it is also a city that has served as one of France’s most important harbours between the 14th and 17th-centuries. Even today, La Rochelle retains much of its ancient historic significance in the form of its imposing medieval towers, impressive old buildings and beautiful narrow streets.
While the beaches are a great place to enjoy the mild Mediterranean climate of La Rochelle, the island of Ré connected to the city by a short bridge is an even better escape for those looking to enjoy the year-round spectacular weather in a more serene setting. Read on to know more about the weather in La Rochelle and the best time to visit the city.
Summer (June – August)
Undoubtedly, the most popular time to plan a trip to La Rochelle is during the summers. Tourists flock to the city during this time to make the most out of this warm and sunny climate. July and August are the peak months with an average temperature of 20⁰C and up to 11 hours of sunshine every day. Needless to say, beach-goers love this type of weather. Boat tours and cruises are also best enjoyed in this time. Some amount of rainfall may also be witnessed during the summers, although the weather remains predominantly sunny and clear.
Many local events and festivals also take place during the summers in La Rochelle. The International Film Festival of La Rochelle and the Francofolies week take place in July and witness a large number of visitors. Hotel rates are naturally quite high in this season as well.
Autumn (September – November)
The weather at the beginning of autumn is still warm and pleasant, making the month of September a good-enough time to visit La Rochelle. Moreover, most of the vacationers have packed up and left the city by now, which leaves the city emptier and more serene, while also bringing down the hotel rates considerably. Events like the Jazz Festival can be enjoyed in this season, while boat enthusiasts will quite appreciate the nautical show Grand Pavois. Rains are quite common in this season and the chances of precipitation continue to increase with the approaching winters.
Winter (December – February)
Unlike the interior regions of France, winters in La Rochelle are cold but not too bitterly so. The coastal location of the city ensures that the temperatures never fall below freezing point. The average temperature ranges between 3⁰C – 10⁰C with around 5 hours of sunshine every day. Winters are also the rainiest time of the year with about 15 days of rainfall witnessed each month. Relatively quieter than the rest of the year as well, it is a good time to explore La Rochelle in solitude without the throngs of tourists overcrowding the city. Though as Christmas season approaches, it brings about bigger crowds as the city lights up with festivities and celebrations.
Spring (March – May)
Much like winters, spring is also a good time to visit if you are looking to avoid the peak season crowds while enjoying weather conditions that grow gradually and consistently warmer as summer approaches. The average temperature is 9⁰C during this season, with highs of around 12⁰C and about 7 hours of sunshine every day. Considerably drier than autumn, it is the better shoulder-season to plan a trip. There are also numerous events and festivities taking place during this season like the International Kite Festival, Poetry Festival and Gardening Exhibition etc.