Discover the Atlantic Coast’s unforgettable beaches and panoramas. From Pays de la Loire to the Pays Basque, it is the kingdom of water sports, cycling paths and lively seaside resorts.
PAYS DE LA LOIRE
Thanks to its 133 km of coastline, the Loire- Atlantique unveils multiple facets, between broad white sand beaches and coves, dunes and rocky headlands. La Baule, Guérande and Les Sables-d’Olonne are some of the not-to-be missed destinations of this region.
THE CHARMING ISLANDS OF CHARENTE
Ile de Ré and Ile d’Oléron are two gems on the Atlantic Coast. Both offer visitors a preserved environment, remarkable historical and architectural heritage, lively seaside resorts, huge sandy beaches, a large range of sports and water activities, picturesque ports and famous local food products.
LET’S HEAD TO LA ROCHELLE AND ROCHEFORT
By the Atlantic Ocean, La Rochelle welcomes you. Culture and heritage, sea and nature, sports and leisure activities, the French way of life and gastronomy… Rochefort is home to the Hermione frigate which became famous thanks to La Fayette in the 18th Century, during the American Independence era. Do not miss guided tours of the Hermione in its homeport.
ROYAN SHINES ON THE BEAUTY COAST
Royan is a bold 50s style architectural ensemble, dominated by the arrow on top of the Notre-Dame church and the beautiful boulevard Garnier, and also the long sandy beach that made the resort so popular.
MÉDOC ATLANTIQUE: THE MOST SPECTACULAR APERITIF IN THE WORLD!
Whether with your toes in the water or at the top of the dunes, you’ll be intoxicated by the sea air, enchanted by the so-special fragrances of summer nights, and be highly impressed by the antics of the surfers, reluctant to return to shore.
ARCACHON BAY, A LAGOON-LIKE INLAND SEA
Arcachon Bay is a 1,500 hectare bay supplied with water from the ocean and from many waterways. An inland sea whose colours are lagoon-like, bordered by a crown of fine sand culminating at 104 metres: the amazing Pilat Dune!
LES LANDES, 100 KMS OF SANDY BEACHES
Unspoilt beaches, lakes dotted along the coast and the huge Landes de Gascogne pine forest: a wonderful destination for lovers of cycling, surfing, windsurfing, sailing, golf and surf-casting (angling in the ocean waves).
Discover the oyster and its history. The oyster city of Marennes, a vast museum complex, covers 10 hectares, around an oyster farm teaching and five thematic cabins. Mysterra, nestled in the heart of the forest of Montendre, just minutes from the estuary of the Gironde, will open its doors in May 2018. This new park combines 11 hectares of woods at the edge of a lake with digital technologies to play and discover an environment of labyrinths.
Ile de Ré, “the white island”
Just a few minutes from La Rochelle, Ré “the white” – famous for its Alcea Rosea flowers, its low houses with green or blue shutters – owes its success to its wonderful “art de vivre”. Bicycles are a must here, if you wish to explore the island. Lovely cycling paths enable visitors to discover ten charming villages, pine tree forests, salt marshes…
- 1,200 km of coastline from North to South including 720 km in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.
- Wellness at its top with a great choice of thermal stations and thalassotherapy centres.
- An ideal playground for all water sports –surfing, kite surfing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, sand yachting … – and for fishing.
- Nantes Atlantique (NTE)
- La Rochelle-Île-de-Ré (LRH)
- Bordeaux-Mérignac (BOD) Biarritz Pays Basque (BIQ)
- La Rochelle Paris: 2hrs 25mins
- Rochefort Paris: 3hrs