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Our Destination Destinations in the south of Brittany

Places of interest and activities :

The Regional Natural Park of La Brière < 1 km

The beaches < 4 km

Shopping mall/business park ‘Zones d’activités de Villejames’ < 1 km

Business park ‘Parc d’activité de Bréhadour’ < 1 km

The Salt Marshes < 3 km

The Golf Course at Guérande < 1 km

The ports/seaside resorts of La Turballe, Le Croisic, Le Pouliguen < 10 km

Saint Nazaire < 20 km
 

 

Southern Brittany

Welcome to this magnificent multifaceted region of France, Brittany its contours shaped by history… to the south, orientated towards the west, it adorns itself with every hue in both fair weather and in the grips of a storm. From to La Baule, from Guérande to La , from Le Croisic along la Côte Sauvage, from Pornichet to Le Pouliguen, from La Turballe to , the south of Brittany will win over all who come here with its diversity of horizons steeped in tradition and heritage.  Every day offering different emotions …forever changing…you are guaranteed never to tire of ‘her’, as the south of Brittany (part of Les ) reveals to you all her treasures: the beauty of her landscapes, her lively ports, her many beaches, seaside resorts, villages and towns.  To love this region, you need to have a passion for the sea, the seafarers and ships.   It is from these very ports that the majestic cruise liners, the trawlers and the yachts set sail.  Some of you may choose the great blue yonder, others may prefer to venture up the estuary as far as Nantes. For those who are more ‘landlubber’ than ‘sea-dog’ there is a whole choice of things to do here…take a dip in the sea, stroll along the foreshore gathering shellfish…discover the local area and its gastronomy with its salted butter flavour…

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La Côte Sauvage

From Le Pouliguen to Le Croisic, the cliffs, caves and rocks line the contours of the coastline out over the vastness of the ocean.  La Côte Sauvage is an ideal route to follow stopping along the way to discover the richness and diversity of the local heritage.  Including the beach at Port-Lin, the headland ‘la Pointe du Fort’ and the Menhir of ‘la Pierre-Longue’ at Le Croisic, la plage Valentin, la Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Mûrier, the church of Saint-Guénolé at Batz-sur-Mer, the beaches of ‘Pen-Bron’ and la plage des Bretons at La Turballe.  Along the way be sure to visit the Océarium at Le Croisic or the Musée des marais salants of Batz-sur-Mer and stop off to discover the traditional local towns and villages of La Turballe, Le Pouliguen and Le Croisic. The rugged and wild coastline of La Côte Sauvage attracts those of us who will brave the weather conditions no matter how rough they may be.  It provides an exceptional site for scuba diving in its ‘fish rich’ and often tumultuous waters – solitary adventurers be warned do not allow yourself to be hypnotized by ‘her’ charms.

La Baule

Its 9 kilometres of golden sands bathed in sun light stretch from  Pornichet to Le Pouliguen…its magnificent bay opens out towards the great blue yonder making of this seaside resort the emblem la Côte d'Amour. Just a short hour’s drive from Nantes, La Baule is famous for its seafront along which visitors and local people alike take a leisurely stroll whilst gazing out over the ocean with its ebbing tides…Avenue De Gaulle, a prime location for a spot of shopping and its casino, venue for the night owls where the fun continues into the night… La Baule has lived through the golden age of the Roaring Twenties and the important beginnings of the trend of family holidays with its adaptability and preservation of its chic, elegance and ‘joie de vivre’ it remains as popular today attracting many visitors.  In the summer La Baule is a vibrant exiting place to be, the spring sees the preparations of the summer season to come, in the autumn we get to enjoy the long balmy evenings and in the winter she takes stock, ready to start all over again…Its grand town houses and villas dating from the XIXth century, nestled in the midst of the ancient pine forest, add their old fashioned charm to this modern, endearing and vibrant town.

LA BAULE

GUERANDE

This bustling Medieval town with its quaint shops lies between the ocean and the marshlands of La Brière, with la Loire to the south and la Vilaine to the north.  In 2004 the town Guérande was awarded the label of  Ville d’Art et d’Histoire – given to towns of outstanding artistic, cultural and historical interest.  Other assets of this majestic town include its golf course and its impressive fortifications dating back to the Middle Ages.  Its defenses make of the town a veritable treasure of military architecture, unique in the whole of Brittany as the only urban fortifications preserved in their entirety.   Beyond La Porte Saint-Michel, lie 32 traditional villages and 72 hamlets classic examples of the conservation of local heritage: maisons de paludiers (Saillé), the thatched cottages of Les Brièrons (La Madeleine), narrow base windmills (‘petit pied’) manors and châteaux (Careil)… Treasured heritage and traditions which are carefully watched over by les paludiers as they toil on the listed site of  the salt marshes, 1 400 hectares crystallization/evaporation ponds ‘les œillets’ where the salt is harvested using traditional techniques which date back hundreds of years. Guérande exports its ‘white gold’ around the whole world, more than 10 000 tonnes of coarse salt and all most 300 tonnes of fleur de sel (fine, white table salt) to the great delight of gourmets everywhere.

GUERANDE
GUERANDE
GUERANDE
GUERANDE

LE CROISIC

‘Petite Cité de Caractère’ that it certainly is!  It has character, charm and atmosphere.  According to the official description Le Croisic offers to its visitors the charm of its quaysides, its maritime heritage its authenticity and is truly photogenic with its half-timber houses ‘huddled’ around the church of Notre Dame de Pitié. The town has always been ‘a port in a storm’ and good place to be in better times.  This is the town to visit for you if you enjoy a stroll along its cobbled jetty your thoughts turned to the captains of the high seas, the fearless fishermen and fleet owners who together have made of this little town what it is today…somewhere between calm weather and the raging storm, between the quiet life and moments of bustling activity, between the summer and winter seasons.  At Le Croisic, whatever the season, there is always something to do and see…the changing intensity of the light, the deep rumbling of the ocean waves, an exhibition at the former fish auction hall, a festival, the wonders of the ocean at l’océarium, la côte sauvage, the customs officers’ path, the peninsula of Pen Bron.  A foretaste of Brittany itself, the richness of the preserved coastline, a destination to head for,  a home port…

LE CROISIC

LA TURBALLE

Is situated in the Guérande Peninisula about fifteen kilometres from La Baule and thirty or so from the town of  Saint-Nazaire. This sardine fishing le port is also has a pleasure boat marina and is considered to be part of ‘le pays de Brière’. Its long beach of golden sand, ‘La Grande-Falaise’, looks out over  ‘la  Rade du Croisic’, and is linked to Pen-Bron and its ‘centre marin’ by a shuttle-ferry.  It is an ideal place for sailing between the salt marshes and the ‘petit traict’ (seawater inlet) of Le Croisic. La Turballe started life as a hamlet of a few dwellings at the summit of the sand dunes.  It quickly expanded during the XIXth century when fishermen came to settle here and with the development of the canning industry.  Today the staff of the local museum reveal with pride the maritime heritage of this village.  La Turballe is today still a thriving fishing port, with its recently completely renovated fish auction hall.  Come and discover this fascinating industry by following one of the guided tours on offer.  Not far from the port is the coastal path from which cyclists can admire the wild landscape from the safety of a dedicated cycle-path which follows the coastline.

LA TURBALLE
LA TURBALLE

BATZ-SUR-MER

The town of Batz-sur-Mer too forms part of the Guérande Peninisula which separates the salt marshes from the Atlantic Ocean.  This quaint and picturesque town is proudly dominated by its church bell tower adjacent to which runs the only road which leads to Le Croisic. The historical centre of the town,‘ Le Bourg de Batz’, is a prime example of  traditional Breton architecture, as are its surrounding villages of : Kervalet, Trégaté, Kermoisan and Roffiat well worth a visit during your stay in the area. The strategic proximity of Batz-sur-Mer to the pocket of Saint-Nazaire during WW II has left its mark.  Amongst them the imposing blockhaus, which today is a museum open to visitors. Not far from here lies the customs officers’ path from which walkers can admire the menhir ‘de Pierre-Longue’ as well as the beauty of the beaches of fine golden sand including: Valentin, la Govelle and Saint-Michel. Be it under the clouds of sea spray in times of a tumultuous sea or with your gaze turned towards the horizon in more clement weather conditions you may just spy the island of Noirmoutier in the distance.

BATZ-SUR-MER