The resort town of La Rochelle is not quite as warm as its fellows on the French Riviera. Things definitely heat up in the summer, though, when temperatures are consistently in the upper 70s during July and August. In the winter, however, highs hover in the lower 40s, although temperatures rarely get below freezing. Sunshine is plentiful. The region receives about 2,600 hours of sunshine per year. During the summer, the sun is above the horizon for sixteen hours. You can watch the sun set over the Atlantic while drinking a glass of wine at 9:30 in the evening. The summer is also when La Rochelle receives the least amount of rain. Monthly averages from May through September are about two inches. October through December, this figure climbs to above three-and-a-half inches.

Tourist Season

    Because it is much warmer in the summer, that is the time of year when La Rochelle sees the majority of its tourists. Watch out especially for the month of August, when most French people take their obligatory four weeks of vacation and the town is flooded with visitors. This does not mean that La Rochelle is unpleasant during this time,  just that if you visit there in the summer you will have to plan ahead and book well in advance.