Rouen Armada 2019

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, this key event in the international sailing calendar will bring together vistors from near and far with thousands of French and foreign sailors from 6 to 16 June 2019. Over thirty magnificent tall ships, along with military boats and submarines from all over the world, will line Rouen's quaysides for ten days of celebrations, finishing with the parade along the River Seine.

Set sail to Rouen

Rouen Armada is one of the largest free-admission maritime events in the world with over 10 million visitors expected. In June 2019, the event promises to be bigger and better than ever before as the Armada will be celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Some 30 beautiful sailing ships from many countries will be berthed along the River Seine quaysides, from the Esplanade Saint-Gervais under the spectacular Pont Flaubert lift bridge to the Guillaume le Conquerant bridge upstream. In addition, there will also be several pleasure cruise boats, warships and even submarines to marvel at!

This year, the world's tallest mobile observation tower will be set up on the quaysides, along with a big wheel and many other attractions.

Let the party begin!

Day and night, the Armada village will come alive with concerts, gigantic fireworks and plenty of other entertainment. Every evening, the festival will host acclaimed national and international acts which will get tens of thousands of spectators rocking on the docks.

Full programme HERE.

Thousands of international sailors will fill the streets and party with the locals in the city's many bars and clubs. You'll even be able to touch the red pompom sitting on top of their hats. It is said to guarantee a boat-load of good luck!
Visitors will also have many cafés, bars and restaurants to choose from, with international food and drink being served along the quaysides.

Armada © Armada de la Liberté

The Parade - a must-see

On the last day of the event, all of the ships will set out for a 120 km trip on the River Seine from Rouen to Le Havre, crossing towns and villages such as La Bouille, Duclair or Caudebec-en-Caux. You will often see sailors standing on the masts of their ship, providing a unique and unforgettable show. Hundreds of thousands of spectators will be watching from the riverbanks, and this long parade of ships will last for hours, as some vessels can take up to a whole day to sail to Le Havre.

Armada © Armada de la Liberté


Many themed cruises will take place during ten days, including the musical cruise from Honfleur to Rouen, the firework cruise or the amazing cruise alongside the tall ships during the parade up the River Seine on the final day of the event. Watch this space!

Take a closer look

To give you a flavour of what you can experience during the next Armada, you can share and relive the best of the 2013 event through this short film:

Practical information


  • Rouen is easily accessible by train from Paris, Lille, Caen and Dieppe.

    On the first weekend of the event, additional buses and trains are chartered to Rouen to facilitate access to the event.

    Rouen also has an airport located five miles southeast from the city centre.

  • There are many car parks in Rouen, including several located within walking distance from the quaysides and docks where the event will take place. Several park-and-ride facilities are also proposed.
    You can calculate your itinerary to Rouen here.

  • The Réseau Astuce, Rouen's well-integrated, safe, local public transport system, consists of trams, buses, and an underground line in the city centre.

    Bus lines T1, T2 and T3 all serve the site where the event is held (bus stops Pasteur - Panorama XXL and Mont Riboudet - Kindarena).

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