The surrounding area
The Natural Parc of Brière is the second marshland of France. It is a mysterious place composed of Islands, bodies of water, and water meadows. Different formulas hikes are possible : on foot, by bike, on horseback, by carriage, by barge, day or half-day. There is also for confirmed hikers, the Brière Tour takes 3 days.
Le Croisic is historically part of Brittany. The town, is bordered by the Atlantic ocean, has a port.
Le Croisic, stands on old rocky islets varied landscapes connected to the Mainland by a sand deposit has also trained over the dune to the east of La Baule.
In the north of the town, is the dry harbor located at the entrance of the great traict (one of the two arms of the sea penetrating into the land and feeding the salt marshes). And placed on a kind of estuary, it is more protected from the vagaries of the ocean since 1840 a dike in granite of 850 meters long, the Trehic Pier, protects west winds and currents came from the sea. It is around its harbour expanded the village. Opposite, to the North, about 550 meters, lies south of Pen-Bron (the territory of the municipality of La Turballe) with the helio-marine centre buildings. This tip is connected also to the continent by sand deposits that formed the dune of Pen-Bron.
These two belts of sand have isolated this marine area are the traicts, quieter than the ocean waters and which thus converted mudflat, arranged for more than a thousand years to form the Salterns of Guérande. South of the traicts, the Croisic peninsula is one of the few examples of double tombolo (island that the sand eventually connect to the continent). Northwest, West and South of the commune, the coast, Rocky and Dune, less densely urbanized, has named Wild Coast. You can see the foam of the waves, carried by the wind onto the road along this coastline. The Interior of this part of the peninsula is probably the last remaining rural, around Pe the sea, up the West Coast.
The town is part of historical Brittany, traditional country than Guerande in the historical country of the Pays Nantais.
City of art and history since 2004, is famous for its salt marshes and its medieval city. This is one of the rare French cities to have preserved its ramparts in their entirety (1 434 m in circumference). It is a great place in the history of the Duchy of Brittany and, historically the capital of a territory called peninsula of Guérande, which coincides with the southernmost extension of the Breton language with the littoral fringe of the country of Retz and Pornic.
Guérande is part of 21 communes in the parc naturel régional de Brière.
Visits to the salt marshes
Venture into the Piriacaises streets, you can breathe the sea air, know for its healing virtues and passing, admire ancient granite houses, flowering hydrangeas and hollyhocks
Engage yourself in the narrow streets, some of them you offer the sea as a backdrop and the footsteps of famous writers who came to stay in Piriac. If you're lucky, then maybe you'll come across a piriacais who will tell you the stories and legends of this small city.
South of the port, a long beach of fine sand, authorized to naturism on a large part, is bordered on the West by this part of the Ocean also known "rade de le Croisic". It is called 'the great-Cliff Beach' in reference to the importance of a large dune that borders it to the East, which is the backbone of the peninsula Pen-Bron. This forms the southern part of the town and at its southern end are located the helio-marine centre buildings, founded at the end of the 19th century and active still. In the past, always in a direction South, about 550 meters from the helio-marine centre, lies, across the great traict of le Croisic, port of le Croisic.
The sea North of the harbor, in the direction of Piriac, is much more rocky.
The Church of Trescalan, at the top of the highest hill of the town, offers a remarkable panoramic view of the marshes of Guérande of the small traict of le Croisic, extending to the East of the peninsula of Pen-Bron.
La Baule :
Resort of the Côte d'Amour, is famous for its long sandy beach at the bottom of the Bay of Pouliguen, casino and luxury hotels in the sea. With an estimated population of about 16 000, the summer population can reach 150 000 inhabitants. The common owes its growth to the development of tourism in the late nineteenth century. Boasting a pine forest planted in 1840 to shop the advance of the dunes, the city sees first foothold affluent families who built beautiful villas along the beach. After experiencing a golden age during the Roaring Twenties, the city suffered the repercussions of the economic crisis of the 1930s and the Second Wold War. She finds the strength in the 1960s, resulting in a new form of urbanization, its economy is still based on tourism
Saint Nazaire :
Historically, Saint-Nazaire is part of Brittany and the Pays Nantais, former territories in the United States fromo France in 1532 ans dismembered during the French Revolution. The city is the capital of shipbuilding in France, the shipyard in Saint-Nazaire is one of six sites in the world to build large vessels over 300 meters.
geographically, Saint Nazaire to Nantes is an important economic center of the Great West, thanks to the Port of Nantes-Saint-Nazaire port infrastructure, but also by the heavy weight of the industrial sector with the aerospace and naval constructions.