30 Minutes away: Le Croisic, Pornic
Half an hour’s drive takes you to three harbours, three sentinels to the Guérande Peninsula, three different atmospheres to discover. Le Croisic seems to stretch out endlessly into the sea with its rocky, ragged coast, whereas the town centre is an idyllic ensemble of cobbled streets and old houses. A stroll along the quays of La Turballe makes you feel the lively atmosphere of France’s 5th most important fishing harbour, whereas Piriac-sur-Mer, huddled around its splendid old houses, seems to dream of a glorious past.
Just cross the bridge over the Loire Estuary, and you’ll find yourself almost in another country: the dark slate roofs give way to red tiles, the houses are lower, vineyards appear. Saint-Brévin with its innumerable eccentric villas, its mimosa and its sand dunes, and Pornic, a seaside resort overshadowed by the castle of Gilles de Rais, alias Bluebeard, are lovely little towns. A long series of fishing cabins, rising above the waves as though on stilts, dot the coast in this southernmost part of historic Brittany.