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Situated along the Côte d’Amour, in the Loire-Atlantique department, the seaside resort of La Baule is very attractive with its beautiful bay and charming romantic architecture. On the Guérande peninsula, between Pornichet and Le Pouliguen, surrounded by dunes and pines, La Baule has welcomed many great people from around the world for a long time now, drawn by the Bauloise Riviera, its lovely towns and the 9km beach that provides a wonderful promenade. For your stay there we recommend privately owned holiday rental villas at La Baule.
Lovers of architecture will not know where to look first in La Baule with its many rich and diverse styles. From Anglo-Norman, Basques, Gothic, Italian and even Californian, the buildings are colourful and original and always surprise visitors. The most exceptional villas among them are Regina, Pax, Louisic and La Corvette that are in the process of being listed as historical monuments. The town is proud of these riches and organises a number of circuits to enable visitors to admire them. After you’ve had a tour do not forget to visit the most famous sweetshop in the town, a legendary establishment where you should taste the speciality ‘La Niniche’, a lollipop of which the major ingredients are Echiré butter and sugar.
At Place Leclerc, stop to admire the beautiful Sainte Anne Chapel, built in 1881, that plays host to many exhibitions and concerts. After Escoublac disappeared under the sand (to which La Baule was attached) the reconstruction of the village gave form to the church of Saint Pierre d’Escoublac which has historically renowned stained glass windows. You may also wish to visit the Presqu’ile d’Amour Aeronautical Museum; this has become a traditional visit in La Baule. The Escoublac Forest which has grown on the site of the old submerged village is well worth visiting for the wildlife and plant life there. There you can also visit the second highest sand dune in France, after that at Pila. Hikers will enjoy the numerous paths that start in the town centre and lead to various sites. Of course the most interesting sites in La Baule are the beach and pine woods that hold back the sand dunes and contribute to the town’s character. The beach at La Baule is the longest sand beach in Europe. Here you will find sailing schools, childrens’ clubs, a casino and beginners courses in fishing, surfing and sea kayaks.
Around La Baule you are spoilt for choice. From Pornichet in the heart of southern Brittany to the wild coastline that runs from Pouliguen to Croisic, discover the thatched cottages and the salt marshes of Guérande, the neighbouring town, and see the cruise ships at Saint Nazaire. Near Poulguen, along the pleasant promenade, you will find small creeks and quiet beaches, ideal for a little peace and calm surrounded by this superb countryside.
You will also find peace and quiet in the neighbouring seaside resort Batz sur Mer (do not miss a visit to the church of Saint Guénolé). Those who like Brittany and natural settingswill appreciate Piriac and Mesquer, situated 20km to the north. Guérande, ‘white country’ in Breton, is a medieval town surrounded by ramparts. Located between the estuaries of Vilaine and the Loire, it mainly owes its international renown to the salt. The charming alleys, monuments and historical buildings such as the College of Saint Aubin make it a place that should not be missed in this area.
You could also visit Pornic, on the Jade Coast. There you can visit megaliths, the small fishing port and the upper town (that is very picturesque) and learn about the local Celtic legends. If you have time then head for Nantes, just an hour away, to visit its Chateau and ramparts, the island for its architecture and the beauty of the plants in its gardens.