Saint-Nazaire and the surrounding area
The Côte d'Amour
Baie des Sirènes, Côte d'Ambre, Côte Bleue… In 1911, a weekly newspaper held a competition to find a name for the stretch of coastline between Saint-Nazaire and Le Croisic. The Côte d'Amour was the readers' choice.
Noted for the variety of its landscapes, the Côte d'Amour has sandy coves on the coastline around Saint-Nazaire, dominated by cliffs.
Next comes the bay of La Baule and its 9 km of fine sand, considered the most beautiful beach in Europe, then the wild coast between Le Pouliguen and Le Croisic, swept by the west wind.
The Salt Marshes
Landscape of settling ponds and collecting pools, of channels and concentration pools, the Salt Marshes of the Guérande Peninsula stretch as far as the eye can see for some 1800 hectares. In this labyrinth of clay and water, fashioned by man, the art of salt panning has been practised for centuries. Born of the sea, the sun and the wind, the white gold, as it was once known, has retained its noble reputation by remaining a natural product, harvested for over 1,000 years.
Thousands of hectares of peat bog, water-meadows, canals… La Brière is a living heritage covering 40,000 hectares, protected since 1970 as a Regional Natural Park, with 20 parishes within it, including Saint-Nazaire. This immense expanse, covered by willows and reeds, is home to an exceptional variety of wildlife. Around the islands, punts are moored, waiting and ready with their poles for the fishermen to set off. Bundles of reed straw dry on the levees where flocks of ducks and geese splash about.
In the little villages, thatched cottages are grouped around bread ovens.