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Machecoul tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Les Moutiers-en-Retz at 16 km from Machecoul

Visit Machecoul: highlights and tourist information

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Machecoul is situated in the Loire-Atlantique department and Pays de la Loire region.

Popular places to visit nearby include Les Moutiers-en-Retz at 16 km and Pornic at 26 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Machecoul, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Machecoul in Pays de la Loire.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Les Moutiers-en-Retz

Les Moutiers-en-Retz

Seaside resort at 16 km (direction west-north-west)

The small town of Les Moutiers-en-Retz is best known for...

See Les Moutiers-en-Retz guide


at 26 km (direction west-north-west)

Pornic is one of the liveliest and most vibrant harbour towns along...

See Pornic guide


Seaside resort at 29 km (direction south-west), in the Vendee department

At Saint-Jean-de-Monts you will enjoy the extensive sandy beaches...

See Saint-Jean-de-Monts guide
Jade Coast

Jade Coast

at 29 km (direction west-north-west)

Pornic, a traditional port town with an attrcative harbour, is well placed...

See Jade Coast guide


at 30 km (direction west-south-west), in the Vendee department

The resort of Notre-Dame-de-Monts is one of the quiter resorts of...

See Notre-Dame-de-Monts guide


at 31 km (direction west), in the Vendee department

On Noirmoutier island you can find lots of sandy beaches and...

See Noirmoutier guide


Seaside resort at 32 km (direction south-south-west), in the Vendee department

Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez is the beach resort next to Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie...

See Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez guide


at 32 km (direction north-east)

One of the largest towns in France, Nantes has many...

See Nantes guide


at 34 km (direction south-south-west), in the Vendee department

The port town of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is an attractive and traditional town, very...

See Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie guide


Seaside resort at 39 km (direction north-west)

The beach at Saint-Brevin-les-Pins is the main attraction and we also enjoyed...

See Saint-Brevin-les-Pins guide


Seaside resort at 41 km (direction south), in the Vendee department

Bretignolles-sur-Mer is one of the smallest Vendee resorts -...

See Bretignolles-sur-Mer guide


at 42 km (direction east)

Clisson has a medieval castle, and an interesting architectural style...

See Clisson guide
Ile d'Yeu

Ile d'Yeu

Island at 50 km (direction west-south-west), in the Vendee department

Explore the Ile d'Yeu on foot or by bike to see...

See Ile d'Yeu guide


Seaside resort at 51 km (direction west-north-west)

The emphasis in Pornichet, immediately south of La Baule, is...

See Pornichet guide

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

Map of places to visit near Machecoul


Markets in and near Machecoul

Market days in Machecoul: weekly market: Wednesday;

  • Machecoul: market Wednesday (0km)
  • Challans: market Tuesday & Saturday & Friday (17km)
  • Beauvoir-sur-Mer: market Thursday (19km)
  • La Bernerie-en-Retz: market Friday & Tuesday - seasonal market only (19km)
  • Bouaye: market Thursday (19km)
  • Le Pellerin: market Saturday (24km)
  • La Montagne: market Wednesday (24km)
  • Pornic: market Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday (25km)
  • Coueron: market Thursday (25km)
  • Indre: market Sunday (25km)

More information about Machecoul, Pays de la Loire

Tourist attractions near Machecoul, France

What to do at Machecoul? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Machecoul.

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin des plantes (33km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Marais de Machecoul (0km)
  • Lac de Grand-Lieu (16km)
  • Petite Amazonie de Nantes (33km)
  • Île Héron (France) (35km)
  • Pointe Sainte-Gildas (36km)
  • Loire Estuaire (40km)
  • Phare de la Pointe des Corbeaux (49km)
  • Fort de Pierre-Levée (50km)
  • Port-Joinville (51km)
  • Phare de l'île d'Yeu (53km)
  • Vieux-château de l'Île d'Yeu (53km)
  • Aérodrome de L'Île-d'Yeu (53km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Planète sauvage (parc) (15km)

Geography and distances

Machecoul is in the north-west of France at 32 kilometres from Nantes, the department capital (general information: Machecoul is 373 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Machecoul

Canton: Machecoul

Arrondissement: Nantes

Department: Loire-Atlantique

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 44270

Distance to Machecoul

from Nantes (prefecture): 32 km

from Paris: 373 km

from Calais: 515 km

from Nice: 798 km

from Bordeaux: 258 km

from Strasbourg: 736 km

Getting here

Most visitors arrive by car via one of the ferry ports such as Saint-Malo or Cherbourg. Allow around 3 hours for the trip in France. For driving distances to Machecoul from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 4 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Fresnay-en-Retz, La Marne, Paulx and Saint-Meme-le-Tenu.

This page in French: Visiter Machecoul

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