Gite Holidays – Loire-Atlantique
Enjoy gite holidays where the Loire meets the Atlantic! It’s here that river and beach holidays come together in an area with busy cities, bustling seaside towns and miles of sandy beaches. Cross the Saint Nazaire bridge and you are only thirty kms from Brittany, so much of the feel of Brittany spills over into this part of the Loire Valley.
Loire-Atlantique is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution and is part of the historical Duchy of Brittany, and contains what many people still consider to be Brittany’s capital, Nantes. Although Loire-Atlantique is part of the current region of Pays-de-la-Loire it share much traditional and folklore with Brittany.
Nantes is the capital city of the Pays de la Loire region and the Loire Atlantique département and also the largest city in North western France.
In 2004, Time magazine named Nantes as “the most liveable city in Europe”. So, its a vibrant city with loads to keep you occupied – museums, interesting theme parks such as the ‘Machines of the Isle of Nantes‘ and the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne.