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Pontchateau tourism and travel guide

Photo of Pontchateau in Loire-Atlantique

Photo is of Briere Regional Natural Parc at 17 km from Pontchateau

Visit Pontchateau: highlights and tourist information

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Briere Regional Natural Parc at 17 km and La Roche-Bernard at 18 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Pontchateau, 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 Pontchateau in Pays de la Loire.

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

Briere Regional Natural Parc

Briere Regional Natural Parc

Natural Parc at 17 km (direction west)

Away from the beaches, Briere Regional Natural Parc is...

See Briere Regional Natural Parc guide
La Roche-Bernard

La Roche-Bernard

at 18 km (direction west-north-west), in the Morbihan department

The river harbour and historic old town centre make La...

See La Roche-Bernard guide


Seaside resort at 22 km (direction south-south-west)

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

See Saint-Brevin-les-Pins guide


at 24 km (direction south-south-west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

Combining and active port with the cobbled streets of the old...

See Redon guide


Seaside resort at 26 km (direction west-south-west)

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

See Pornichet guide
La Baule

La Baule

Seaside resort at 28 km (direction west-south-west)

La Baule-Escoblac is a very pleasant and popular resort...

See La Baule guide


at 28 km (direction west-south-west)

Guerande is one of the most interesting towns in...

See Guerande guide
Le Pouliguen

Le Pouliguen

Seaside resort at 31 km (direction west-south-west)

If you visit the beach resort of Le Pouligueun be sure...

See Le Pouliguen guide
La Turballe

La Turballe

Seaside resort at 33 km (direction west-south-west)

Less developed than some resorts here, the centre of activity...

See La Turballe guide


at 34 km (direction west-south-west)

The resort at Batz-sur-Mer is much quiter and smaller than many nearby,...

See Batz-sur-Mer guide


at 35 km (direction north-west), in the Morbihan department

Now listed as one of the 'most beautiful villages in France'...

See Rochefort-en-Terre guide


at 35 km (direction west)

The fishing harbour and traditional granite houses in Piriac-sur-Mer create an...

See Piriac-sur-Mer guide
Le Croisic

Le Croisic

at 35 km (direction west-south-west)

One of the nicest fishing harbour towns in the region, Le...

See Le Croisic guide


at 36 km (direction south)

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

See Pornic guide

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

Map of places to visit near Pontchateau


Markets in and near Pontchateau

Market days in Pontchateau: weekly market: Monday all day;

  • Pontchateau: market Monday all day (0km)
  • Donges: market Thursday (13km)
  • Herbignac: market Wednesday (17km)
  • La Roche-Bernard: market Thursday (18km)
  • Saint-Brevin-les-Pins: market Wednesday (23km)
  • Redon: market Saturday & Monday all day & Friday (24km)
  • Blain: market Tuesday & Saturday (25km)
  • Pornichet: market Wednesday & Saturday (27km)
  • Guerande: market Wednesday & Saturday (28km)
  • La Baule: market every day except Monday (28km)

More information about Pontchateau, Pays de la Loire

Tourist attractions near Pontchateau, France

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

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin des plantes (48km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Loire Estuaire (17km)
  • Marais de Vilaine (17km)
  • Marais Salants de Guérande (23km)
  • Île-aux-Pies (31km)
  • Pointe Sainte-Gildas (36km)
  • Source - Rivière de Noyalo (47km)
  • Petite Amazonie de Nantes (49km)
  • Lac de Grand-Lieu (49km)
  • Île Héron (France) (51km)

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Grand-Fougeray (42km)
  • Elven (50km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique du château de Branféré (29km)
  • Planète sauvage (parc) (43km)

Geography and distances

Pontchateau is in the north-west of France at 47 kilometres from Nantes, the department capital (general information: Pontchateau is 365 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Pontchateau

Canton: Pontchâteau

Arrondissement: Saint-Nazaire

Department: Loire-Atlantique

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 44160

Distance to Pontchateau

from Nantes (prefecture): 47 km

from Paris: 365 km

from Calais: 484 km

from Nice: 838 km

from Bordeaux: 312 km

from Strasbourg: 742 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 Pontchateau from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 4 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Besne, Crossac, Dreffeac and Missillac.

This page in French: Visiter Pontchateau

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