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Pornic - a town that has everything

Pornic is a seaside town that is found in western France on the Atlantic coast, in the south-west of the Loire-Atlantique department. It really is the town that has everything, being picture book pretty and being as old as the hills and brimful of historical interest. It is also lively and well equipped with tourist attractions as well as being set in the most delightful part of the west coast of France you are ever likely to find!

Mediaeval Pornic

Pornic is made up of two parts, the upper town and the lower town. The upper old mediaeval part of Pornic sits on the clifftops, and is definitely worth exploring. From here you can gaze down onto the lower town, the Gilles de Rais Château and the fishing port of Pornic, which has been in use since ancient times. If you time it right you can also enjoy the markets, which have been held here since the early 17th century.

Lively resort

Pornic is a lively resort, and there is plenty to do for all tastes and ages. The town has great shops. You can purchase just about anything you could possibly want in Pornic, with supermarkets for everyday groceries and other useful goods, and specialist gift and craft shops for those little mementos to give to friends and family. Of course, you can also find superb fish shops where you can sample the freshest of the delicious goodies of the Atlantic!

Snacking and dining...

Whether you fancy a quick snack or a full scale French dining treat you will find a restaurant to suit you in Pornic. Many of these establishments are found on the harbour side, and eating at any of these is a very pleasurable experience as the seafood could not be fresher! There are plenty of quick fix fast food places too, with crepes, mussels, ice creams and other quintessentially French delights on offer, always an important consideration when you have kids or teens in tow. Do make sure you sample the ice creams here, as Pornic is especially famed for these!

Sports and leisure

This town and its wonderful seaside are made for enjoying activities in the fresh air, of course, so expect to find plenty of sea and beach based sports to enjoy. Sail, swim, play beach volleyball or just build sandcastles... whatever you do you will enjoy it all the more thanks to the splendid scenery of Pornic. You can also access golf, horse-riding, cycle hire, tennis and and even one of France's best adventure parks.

Casinos and thalassotherapy

Casinos have been a part of Pornic for a long time, so should a spot of gambling be your thing, why not try the Casino du Môle, near the harbour? Or what about some thalassotherapy, which has been around in Pornic since 1830? Infact the Centre Alliance Pornic Resort Hotel which offers a variety of treatments, used to be the Casino de la Source, until 1990 when it was converted to a thalassotherapy centre.

Out and about

The Loire-Atlantique is known as the gateway to Brittany, and many people use it as a springboard to explore the famous region which lies to its north. However, Pornic lies in the south-west of the department, so you may find yourself better placed to discover the delights of not just the Loire-Atlantique itself (notably Les Sables d'Olonne, Nantes, La Baule) but also of the Vendée, and the islands of Noirmoutier and Ile d'Yeu that lie to the south.

How to get there

To reach Pornic from the UK you can fly to Nantes or Rennes. Nantes is served by Ryanair and Aer Arann, while Rennes is served by flybe and Aer Lingus. If you are travelling by train, you can take the Eurostar to Paris, followed by the TGV to nearby La Baule or Nantes. From Nantes there is a local service to Pornic's own railway station. If driving, take the A11 to Nantes, then follow the coast roads to Pornic, which lies on the D751.

Property availability and prices in and around Pornic

Pornic occupies such an enviable position that property here is unlikely to be cheap. There are some fabulous quality properties at the higher end of the market, though, and Pornic, being so popular with holidaymakers, is an excellent place to purchase a self financing property such as a hotel or restaurant.

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WHERE IS Pornic?

Pornic is found in western France, on the Atlantic coast. It lies in the south-west of the Loire-Atlantique department.

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Population: 11,903

Access: By air: Fly to Nantes or Rennes. By rail: Travel by Eurostar, TGV and local train. By road: Take the A11 motorway from Paris in the direction of Nantes, then travel south-west to reach Pornic, which lies on the D751.

Economy: The economy is based on tourism and sea food and other sea-sourced products.

Interesting fact: Pornic is particularly popular with French holiday makers... and take a tip from them because the French never accept second best!


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