The Loire Atlantique, a department full of surprises!

Crossed by the majestic and wild River Loire and with a wide estuary opening out into the Atlantic Ocean, the Loire-Atlantique is the most populated department in the Pays de la Loire region. It is where two worlds come together – the natural and the urban.

Situated at the edge of the Ocean, the Camping du Bugeau is the ideal starting point for exploring the Loire Atlantique!

Thanks to its 133 km of coastline which gives it its mild climate, the Loire-Atlantique offers a breath of fresh sea air. Here, the landscapes, cultures and terroirs have been shaped over time: the effervescent Nantes, Guérande and its salt marshes, Clisson with its Italian architecture, La Baule, Pornichet, Le Pouliguen and Pornic, famous seaside resorts, Le Croisic and Piriac-sur-Mer, classified as “Small Towns of Character”, and the city and port of Saint-Nazaire.

The department is indeed characterised by its diversity. Visitors move from one world to the next in just a few kilometres. A diversity of landscapes and activities also means cultural diversity: the chic atmosphere of a seaside resort like La Baule rubs shoulders with the industrial world of the Saint-Nazaire shipyards; the peacefulness of the silent marshes at Brière contrasts with the vibrancy of the city of Nantes. The people of the Loire-Atlantique have successfully integrated into a surprisingly rich environment, respect for which has enabled the natural surroundings to be preserved. A quality of life which the Loire-Atlantique loves to share with its visitors.

The Loire-Atlantique has signed up to the Green Passport!

In June 2012, the Loire-Atlantique signed up to the Green Passport with the United Nations Environment Programme. This shows true commitment to developing sustainable tourism and the Loire-Atlantique is the first department in Europe to use this benchmark in its tourism activity.

Key tourism figures in the Loire-Atlantique

The Loire-Atlantique department is the 7th most popular holiday destination for the French, with 23 million overnight stays (in 2011).

  • 133 km of coastline
  • Over 9,500 hectares of vineyards, the birthplace of muscadets and gros-plants
  • La Brière, France’s 2nd largest area of marshland after the Camargue
  • 4,800 hectares of forests and 250 bodies of water
  • 2,000 hectares of salt marshes, labelled a “Grand Site de France”
  • 130 km of navigable rivers (Nantes – Brest canal, Erdre, etc.)
  • 3 major cycling routes: La Vélodyssée®, La Loire à Vélo®, Vélocéan
  • 5,000 km of hiking trails
  • 4 thalassotherapy centres
  • 13 golf courses