Pornic tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: Pornic is one of the liveliest and most vibrant harbour towns along the Jade Coast

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

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Pornic. For detailed visitor information see the Pornic travel guide.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Pornic in Pays de la Loire.

Popular places to visit nearby include Les Moutiers-en-Retz at 9 km and Noirmoutier at 15 km.

Pornic, France: places to visit and attractions

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

Jade Coast

Jade Coast

at 5 km (direction west)

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

See Jade Coast guide
Les Moutiers-en-Retz

Les Moutiers-en-Retz

Seaside resort at 9 km (direction east-south-east)

The small town of Les Moutiers-en-Retz is best known for the nearby beach which...

See Les Moutiers-en-Retz guide


at 15 km (direction south-west), in the Vendee department

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

See Noirmoutier guide


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

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

See Saint-Brevin-les-Pins guide


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

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

See Pornichet guide
La Baule

La Baule

Seaside resort at 29 km (direction west-north-west)

La Baule-Escoblac is a very pleasant and popular resort with a long sandy beach...

See La Baule guide
Le Pouliguen

Le Pouliguen

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

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

See Le Pouliguen guide


at 32 km (direction south), in the Vendee department

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

See Notre-Dame-de-Monts guide


at 34 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Batz-sur-Mer guide


at 35 km (direction west-north-west)

Guerande is one of the most interesting towns in Pays-de-la-Loire, with its medieval fortifications...

See Guerande guide
Briere Regional Natural Parc

Briere Regional Natural Parc

Natural Parc at 35 km (direction north-west)

Away from the beaches, Briere Regional Natural Parc is the second largest marsh area...

See Briere Regional Natural Parc guide


Seaside resort at 36 km (direction south), in the Vendee department

At Saint-Jean-de-Monts you will enjoy the extensive sandy beaches and one of the livelier...

See Saint-Jean-de-Monts guide
Le Croisic

Le Croisic

at 37 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Le Croisic guide
La Turballe

La Turballe

Seaside resort at 40 km (direction west-north-west)

Less developed than some resorts here, the centre of activity in La Turballe is...

See La Turballe guide

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Markets in and near Pornic

Market days in Pornic: weekly market: Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday;

  • Pornic: market Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday (0km)
  • La Bernerie-en-Retz: market Friday & Tuesday - seasonal market only (6km)
  • Prefailles: market Wednesday & Saturday - seasonal market only (9km)
  • Saint-Brevin-les-Pins: market Wednesday (15km)
  • Noirmoutier: market Tuesday & Sunday & Monday & Friday (15km)
  • La Gueriniere: market Thursday & Sunday (19km)
  • Barbatre: market Wednesday (20km)
  • Beauvoir-sur-Mer: market Thursday (22km)
  • Donges: market Thursday (23km)
  • Machecoul: market Wednesday (25km)

More information about Pornic, Pays de la Loire

Tourist attractions near Pornic, France

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

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin des plantes (43km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Pointe Sainte-Gildas (12km)
  • Loire Estuaire (20km)
  • Marais de Machecoul (25km)
  • Lac de Grand-Lieu (32km)
  • Marais Salants de Guérande (39km)
  • Petite Amazonie de Nantes (44km)
  • Fort de Pierre-Levée (47km)
  • Port-Joinville (48km)
  • Phare de l'île d'Yeu (49km)
  • Aérodrome de L'Île-d'Yeu (50km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Planète sauvage (parc) (25km)

Geography and distances

Pornic is in the north-west of France at 43 kilometres from Nantes, the department capital (general information: Pornic is 383 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Pornic

Canton: Pornic

Arrondissement: Saint-Nazaire

Department: Loire-Atlantique

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 44210

Distance to Pornic

from Nantes (prefecture): 43 km

from Paris: 383 km

from Calais: 514 km

from Nice: 823 km

from Bordeaux: 279 km

from Strasbourg: 752 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 Pornic from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 1 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): La Bernerie-en-Retz.

This page in French: Visiter Pornic