Whatever your interests, from walking to sailing, from playing golf to relaxing on one of the many glorious sandy beaches, a self-catering cottage, camping, or gite holiday in the Brittany / Pays de la Loire region of France has it all. Maybe your ideal day might start with a visit to one of the local french markets, followed by a relaxing afternoon on the beach, and ending with a sumptuous fruits-de-mer at an intimate French restaurant. On this page we will try to give you a flavour for the area, without spoiling it by giving too much away before you get there!
La Baule is thirty minutes from La Roche Bernard and, with its nine kilometers of fine sand, is the longest, and some say most beautiful beach in Europe. It also boasts a nice avenue of boutiques, some quality restaurants and a casino. Alternatively, try the Côte Sauvage with its rocky outcrops and secluded sandy bays, the fishing ports at Le Croisic and La Turballe, or perhaps Penestin with a choice of several fine beaches.
There are a number of great golf courses within 30 minutes of La Roche Bernard. Closest is the beautifully manicured course of La Bretesche at Missillac. Although quite expensive, the stunning backdrop of the Château and lake makes it difficult to imagine a more beautiful place for a round of golf.
The International course at La Baule, set amongst chestnut and oak woods, offers two attractive and fairly challenging 18-hole courses, plus a 9-hole course.
Savenay, 20 minutes from La Roche Bernard, hosts another great course.
If you have never experienced the hustle and bustle of a French provincial market, you will be in for a pleasant surprise. Most of the local towns have markets, and they generally operate on one day each week from early morning through to around noon. Local producers and artisans sell their wares to a variety of local people and to the inevitable tourist.
Within the local area, we would recommend the markets at La Roche-Bernard (Thursday), Guerande (Saturday) and Penestin (Sunday). Consult the local Syndicate d”Initiatives for details of other markets in the area.
What can children do on holiday in Brittany / Pays de la Loire?
You will hopefully find something to appeal to children of all ages in the area. Some of our ideas are shown below:
Aquariums – there are good aquariums at Vannes and at Le Croisic. The one at Le Croisic opened in the 1990″s and features a walkthrough perspex tunnel
Submarine – L”Espadon (or Swordfish in English) was the first submarine to sail beneath the North-Pole. It is now permanently located at St Nazaire, where guided tours are provided
Wildlife Parks – Head towards Questembert where you will find Branféré, a lovely park where animals roam free. Alternatively, there is a more conventional “safari” park at Planète Sauvage (between Nantes and Pornic). Both parks are well-managed, and a far cry from the old-fashioned zoo”s
Swimming and Canoeing – Available locally at La Roche Bernard
We have endeavoured to suggest some options for your holiday on this page. To the best of our knowledge, these are correct at the present time. From time to time the availability and timing of any events here may change, and so you are therefore strongly advised to check locally before setting out to avoid disappointment.