La Baule tourism & sightseeing

Photo of La Baule in Loire-Atlantique

Visit La Baule (Pays de la Loire, France)


La Baule is a very popular and quite upmarket seaside resort on the Atlantic coast, to the north-east of France in the Pays de la Loire region.

The town was founded at the end of the 19th century, when it gained a rail link with the goal of being a seaside resort, and is a nice place to promenade, look sophisticated and spend too much.

Explore La Baule

The main attraction of the La Baule resort is its long sandy beach. The beach is very long at almost 8 kilometres and has nice fine sand. The beach is marketed by the town as being  'the best beach in Europe' - whether you agree will depend on what you are looking for in a beach, but it is exceptional.

Of course, all the seaside activities you would hope for are here, and the beach is gently sloping, so ideal for children as well as adults.

The beach is backed by the expensive hotels and apartments that are typical of La Baule and attracts a sophisticated, wealthy crowd - almost as if it were a little piece of the Cote d'Azur transplanted to the north of France. There are numerous restaurants and all other facilities.

Be sure to spend a little time away from the beach to explore the streets behind the sea facing apartments in La-Baule. In these streets there are a great number of impressive villas, built 100 years ago when the town was first established that are very interesting to see, almost all individual in design and many now surrounded by attractive gardens.

La Baule is also a 'ville fleurie' and makes a good effort with its public parks and gardens.

Attractions nearby

For a smaller scale seaside resort we liked the beach at nearby Batz-sur-Mer. For a town with more historical interest we suggest that you visit Guerande, a medieval fortified town a few kilometres from La Baule.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Loire-Atlantique guide and the Pays de la Loire guide.

See also:

Map of La Baule and places to visit

Visit near La Baule with France This Way reviews

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Loire-Atlantique

Tourist classifications

La Baule is classified as a village in bloom (ville fleurie) 4*

Address: Baule-Escoublac, Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, 44500, France || GPS: latitude 47.2867, longitude -2.3908

Plan your visit to La Baule, Pays de la Loire

Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Pornichet: ville fleurie 4* (4km)
  • Guerande: recommended detour (5km)
  • Marais Salants de Guérande: site of natural beauty (13km)
  • Briere: regional natural parc (15km)
  • Loire Estuaire: site of natural beauty (20km)
  • Pointe Sainte-Gildas: site of natural beauty (20km)
  • Presqu'île de Rhuys: site of natural beauty (39km)

Market days in La Baule, France

Regular market(s) are held in La Baule each every day except Monday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at La Baule (Francais)