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Gite Holidays – Loire-Atlantique

  • The Loire meets the Atlantic Ocean at Saint Nazaire, Loire Atlantique, France.  Photo:

    The Loire meets the Atlantic Ocean at Saint Nazaire, Loire Atlantique, France. Photo:

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 on the TGV network, with high speed trains running to Paris by the LGV Atlantique in just over 2 hours.  Nantes Atlantique Airport, located 8 km to the southwest of the city of Nantes, serves the département and surrounding areas.   It is the biggest airport in northwestern France, linking with several French and European cities, as well as Montreal in Canada.

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.

Towards the coast you will find beautiful coastal ports and wide sandy beaches, so its a great place in Franc fir gite holidays.
Le Croisic is a resort with a relaxed and laid back feel and a centre of tourism and fishing.  La Baule is hailed as the French Riviera of the Loire-Atlantique with one of the best beaches on the Atlantic coast and many affluent houses.  The promonade is 16kms long and a fantastic place to walk! Pornic meanwhile is a lovely, small, lazy place by the sea to enjoy sea food restaurants and historical buildings.
The Loire-Atlantique is also famous for Muscadet wines and has vast vineyards as you head in land.   Muscadet is a white  wine and more Muscadet is produced than any other wine in the Loire Valley.   Nothing better than taking a glass on the sea front at a small sea food restaurant!