Saint-Nazaire, city and port
Capital of French shipbuilding
Ideally located on the Atlantic, at the mouth of the Loire, Saint-Nazaire was originally a simple village of fishermen and pilots, but became the Outer Harbour of Nantes in the 19th century and the transatlantic base port for the Antilles. In the late 90s, its programme for reclaiming wasteland and for the submarine base resulted in the attractive Ville-Port district. Today, original tours are on offer, in tribute to its rich industrial heritage, such as the Escal’Atlantic, the “reconstructed liner”, the prestigious industrial sites such as the shipyards, the Airbus factory, the Atlantic port terminals, etc. On top of all that, the recent seafront urban developments have given the city a terrace overlooking the Ocean for walkers and families to enjoy.
The city of 20 beaches
Alternating between exploring the port area and afternoons on the beach … what a great way to discover Saint-Nazaire!
The city boasts 20 beaches, including the beach at Saint-Marc-sur-Mer which inspired the filmmaker Jacques Tati, since it was here in the summer of 1951 that he made the famous film "Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday". The beach is now called "Monsieur Hulot’s Beach" and since 1999, visitors there have been able to admire a statue of the film’s main character.
The best way to explore the beaches and inlets of Saint-Nazaire is on foot, along the Chemin des Douaniers, a superb footpath running along the coast for several kilometres.
From the Camping du Bugeau ***, you will barely have time to see the countryside flash by before you’ve arrived in Saint-Nazaire!