Pornic and south of La Loire

Pornic, the castle and its old sailing ships

Pornic, the town with a charming welcome like no other!

With all its modern facilities such as a thalassotherapy centre, its marinas, its golf course and its casino, Pornic is a town looking to the next century without ever disowning the all-important fruits of its prestigious past.
Situated on the Atlantic coast, to the south of the estuary of La Loire, 30km from Saint-Nazaire and the Guérande Peninsula, the town of Pornic is ‘Breton’ none the less, as it is home to the furthest south of the ports of this ancient celtic province.
 
In Bretagne Sud, near to Le Poitou, Pornic is historically the hub of communication and transport formerly by sea and by river.  Today it is more by road and by air as the town extends towards Nantes-Atlantique airport a mere 30 minutes away.
 

Some good reasons to come to Pornic

  •  Its fishing ports and marina, in the upper old town, the château
  • 15 km of de customs officers paths, originally built to facilitate the fight against the smuggling of salt but today enjoyed by thousands of walkers
  • The dozens of small beaches, as well as, at low tide, dozens of tiny coves
  • The protected coastline, in its natural and untouched state from which are banned cars and concrete buildings
  • The seaside villas of which the first were built back in the middle of the 19 th century and lend a particular charm to the town of Pornic
  • Pedestrian and cycling routes.
 
To find out more visit the internet site of the Tourist Office of Pornic.
 

Le Pays de Retz, a land of contrasts!

You’ll be sure to fall under the charm of Le Pays de Retz with its subtle Breton and Vendéenne influences.  Venture along ‘la côte de Jade’, this veritable treasure of the Atlantic coastline with its fine sandy beaches, coves and jagged cliffs, its seaside resorts and wide range of outdoor activities!   From ‘la pointe Saint-Gildas’ at Préfailles to the impressive beach at Saint-Brévin, Pornic with its traditional port such a variety of landscapes are there for the choosing
 
For the lovers of nature and the great outdoors they can choose to take a bike ride along the estuary of La Loire or a walk around the Lac de Grand-Lieu a vast safe haven to many birds.  What better way to ‘recover’ from all this excitement than to share a platter of oysters at the bay of Bourgneuf in the heart of the Breton marshes!  
  • Pornic, plage des sablons
  • Fishery on the jade coast near Pornic
  • Fishery - Pornic and south of La Loire - La Boutinardičre