Visit Le Croisic (Pays de la Loire, France)
The harbour town of Le Croisic occupies a peninsula to the west of the Cote d'Amour, the coast in the Loire-Atlantique department (just south of Brittany), south of Guerande and west of Nantes. It is very attractive town and also very popular with visitors to the region that is officially listed as a 'small town of character'.
Exploring Le Croisic
On arrival, parking is available at both ends of the long harbour.
Your visit to Le Croisic will start will a promenade along the harbour, which is still an active fishing port, and extends for quite some distance. There are numerous cafes and restaurants along the harbour front, fish dishes a speciality! A good number of the houses along the seafont have interesting historical features to enjoy, some half-timbered and others with ornately decorative stonework.
The statue you will see in the port is of Pierre Bouguer, an 18th century scientist born in Le Croisic in 1698 and well known for his studies of water courses.
While here don't forget to explore the town itself, just behind the centre of the seafront. Le Croisic has quite an extensive historical centre, based around the church and the Place Donatien-Lepré, with its typical 16th century granite built houses, and with lots of houses having architectural highlights.
Note particularly the 15th century Manoir de Kervaudu and the 17th century Hotel d'Aiguillon, while among the religious monuments of interest in Le Croisic are the Chapel of Saint-Goustan, the 16th century Church of Notre-Dame-de-Pitié, and the Chapel of the Crucifix.
There are also several quality sandy beaches in and around the Le Croisic peninsula, the Plage de Port Lin and the Baie de sable Menu are especially popular with families, while others include Saint-Goustan beach, and the beaches in the bays of Castouillet and Crucifix.
Activities near Le Croisic
The most popular activity is the Océarium on the northern side of the peninsula, a large aquarium complex where you can see all manner of sealife from seahorses and crabs to sharks and sting rays. Part of the visit is through a large glass tunnel that passes under water. The jellyfish were our favourites, the penguins were the most popular with the children!
After enjoying Le Croisic itself follow the road along the Cote Sauvage around the peninsula to the west towards Batz-sur-Mer, allowing time en route for a clifftop walk to admire some of the finest coastal scenery in France.
Photos of Le Croisic
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Address: Croisic, Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, 44490 || GPS: latitude 47.293889, longitude -2.509167
Map of Le Croisic & places nearby
Highlights close by
Cote d'Amour 0km
La Turballe 6km
Le Pouliguen 6km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Le Croisic, France
- Guerande - recommended detour (7km)
- La Baule - ville fleurie 4* (9km)
- Pornichet - ville fleurie 4* (13km)
- Marais Salants de Guérande - site of natural beauty (15km)
- Briere - regional natural parc (21km)
- Pointe Sainte-Gildas - site of natural beauty (27km)
- Loire Estuaire - site of natural beauty (29km)
- Parc zoologique du château de Branféré - zoo or wildlife park (35km)
- Golfe du Morbihan - site of natural beauty (40km)
- Aquarium de Vannes - aquarium (43km)
Market days in Le Croisic: Regular market(s) are held in Le Croisic each Thursday & Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Le Croisic (Francais)