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A prime location in Saint Nazaire

The new hospital complex La Cité sanitaire < 1 min by car

Shipbuilding yards of Saint-Nazaire < 15 min by car

Airbus < 20 min by car 

GAVY Océanis Campus < 5 min 

IUT of Saint Nazaire < 1 km

Océanis shopping mall < 1 km 

The beach at Pornichet < 4 km

Guérande’s Salt Marshes and La Brière < 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 Saint-Nazaire to La Baule, from Guérande to la Brière,  from Le Croisic along la Côte Sauvage, from Pornichet to Le Pouliguen, from La Turballe to  Piriac-sur -Mer, 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 Pays de la Loire ) 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…

Saint-Nazaire and Saint-Marc-sur-Mer

A thriving town set at the mouth of the estuary and facing out over the vastness of the ocean.  Discover this trans-Atlantic port back in the days when its focus was Central America and from whose docks were launched the giants of the seas including l’Impératrice Eugénie, le Cassard, le Normandie, le Jean-Bart or le France.   Saint-Nazaire is still today inextricably linked to its  naval industry, which together with the town of Nantes they form the entity known as Le Port Atlantique. Mistreated by the violence of historical events between 1940 and 1942, the town of  Saint-Nazaire and its people have successfully healed the wounds of this tumultuous period and turned the spot light on their maritime heritage by restoring its submarine base, which is today a major tourist attraction and venue for cultural events. The town of Saint-Nazaire be it of the past, present or future is a site well worth a visit, off of the beaten track you’ll get to see:  at le Vieux Môle Tintin’s orientation table, the outer-harbour with its tugboats, fishing huts with their square suspended fishing nets and the ‘crab-claw-shaped’ jetty, the area which is both charming and typical made famous by a Jacques Tati’s film character called M. Hulot on holiday in Saint-Marc-sur-Mer.

PORNICHET

In the south of Brittany, just 45 minutes from  Nantes, Pornichet forms the gateway to the Guérande Peninsula located as it is at the southern end of the bay of La Baule. This multifaceted town is both a seaside resort, residential town and home to a pleasure boat marina. Set between the ocean and the countryside, the town of Pornichet is an interesting mix of tradition and modernity.  It is an excellent starting point for a bracing walk along the coastal path which winds its way through Sainte-Marguerite and eventually reaches Saint-Marc-sur-Mer or for a good long walk along  the beach at low tide.  The discrete town of Pornichet has many thrilling events and activities to suit visitors of all ages and every inclination whether you are more into all things nautical or swimming and splashing about in the sea: sailing schools, beach clubs, regattas, taking a dip in the sea, sunbathing... Pornichet the place which has lots of charm, is vibrant and family-friendly.  Here everything can be done on foot, shopping in the busy shop-lined streets, a trip to the lively colourful market, take in the excitement of the races at the hippodrome, a relaxing break at la thalasso or why not try your luck at the casino!.

PORNICHET

LE POULIGUEN

If its history goes back a long way (the port of Le Pouliguen was for a long time the hub for the transport of the salt from the salt marshes of Guérande), the town itself wasn’t truly established before the arrival of the first summer visitors back in the middle of  the XIXth century.  These new visitors were quick to adopt this little sheltered seaside town as their own and built chalets along la plage du Nau and the coast at Penchâteau, more than a little incongruous alongside the traditional town houses of the Guérande Peninsula :  the rich dwellings of the big and powerful, those of the traders, the fleet owners, ships’ captains residences;  the modest houses of the fishermen and tradesmen.  Today Le Pouliguen still has a certain ‘cachet’ and continues to stand out from its famous neighbour La Baule, whose bay it completes with la plage Benoît. A picturesque place to stop along La Côte d'Amour, famous for its fishing and pleasure boating activities, its shop lined streets and its  beach clubs, Le Poulguen remains a paradise for families.

LE POULIGUEN

NANTES

« Nantes, peut-être avec Paris la seule ville de France où j'ai l'impression que peut m'arriver quelque chose qui en vaut la peine » (Nantes along with Paris maybe, is the only town in France where I feel can ‘experience’ things that are worth ‘living’) thus spoke the surrealist poet and writer Breton. The surrealists adopted the town of Nantes as their own, Demy shot his film Lola here, Turner painted it, it was here that Verne dreamed up his adventures.  Nantes, is today the capital of  Les Pays de la Loire, formerly the stronghold of Les Ducs de Bretagne, it is a multifaceted metropolis bursting with a remarkable history to be discovered. A veritable melting pot of multicultural influences and creativity this  port town nestled between La Loire and L’Erdre, is to be discovered by venturing from one ‘quarter’ to the next.  Some of these areas open out towards the land others onto the estuary, each with its own unique ambiance:  Feydeau, Graslin, Decré, Bouffay.  Their names will become familiar to you as you take a stroll around their streets.  

 

The city of Nantes is in a state of perpetual evolution…ever turned towards the future…its dynamism nourished by the major events and actors of its past and present:  the colonial trade, it is home to the famous manufacturers Le Petit LU, Choco BN, the Cassegrain canneries, the breathtaking mechanical and artistic works of des Machines de l’Île, Royal de Luxe and the inspiring musical event of  La Folle Journée.