Port of La Rochelle

Novel Le Voyageur de la Toussaint Georges Simenon (1941)
The port of La Rochelle is a central element in the story of the Voyageur de la Toussaint. A high place of the city frequented by the author himself.
Port of La Rochelle
The entrance to the Port of La Rochelle by Jean-Pierre Bazard Jpbazard via Wikimedia Commons

“It was at the entrance to the port, near the towers, near the fish market, which he [Gilles Mauvoisin] did not see but whose smell he sniffed. […] He could see the small square and, behind the big tin urinal, fishing boats that had stretched their sails in the drizzle.

Excerpt from Le Voyageur de la Toussaint by Georges Simenon

The port of La Rochelle is one of the main places in the novel. It is here that Gilles Mauvoisin disembarks from Norway, that he sees a couple kissing, that he observes the trawlers or that he discovers the surrounding restaurants.

As soon as he arrived in La Rochelle in 1927, Georges Simenon himself was captivated by the city. From the island of Aix, the novelist arrived by the port of La Rochelle and immediately fell in love with the place. ” If I have to settle somewhere, it will be here”, he is said to have told his wife Tigy.


Georges Simenon has published nearly 193 novels.

Vieux Port de La Rochelle

Regrouping several structures, the port of La Rochelle is an essential element of the economic network of Charente-Maritime.

The port of La Rochelle includes the autonomous port, the submarine base, created during the occupation, the fishing port of Chef de Baie and the marina. It is within this last one that are grouped the Old-Port, the port of Minimes and the Port-Neuf. The Old Port is undoubtedly the most touristic part, with its vestiges like the Chain Tower and the Saint-Nicolas Tower. Two monuments integrated into the city’s fortifications. The port has evolved considerably, without losing its identity. Every year, it attracts thousands of tourists as well as several cultural and sporting events.

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Monday, February 7, 2022

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