Saint-Nazaire tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Saint-Brevin-les-Pins at 6 km from Saint-Nazaire

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

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Saint-Brevin-les-Pins at 6 km and Pornichet at 8 km.

Saint-Nazaire, France: places to visit and attractions

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



Seaside resort at 6 km (direction east-south-east)

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

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Seaside resort at 8 km (direction west)

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

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La Baule

La Baule

Seaside resort at 12 km (direction west)

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

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Briere Regional Natural Parc

Briere Regional Natural Parc

Natural Parc at 15 km (direction north-north-west)

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

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Le Pouliguen

Le Pouliguen

Seaside resort at 15 km (direction west)

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

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at 16 km (direction west-north-west)

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

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Jade Coast

Jade Coast

at 19 km (direction south-south-east)

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

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at 19 km (direction west)

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

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at 20 km (direction south-east)

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

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Le Croisic

Le Croisic

at 21 km (direction west)

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

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La Turballe

La Turballe

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

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

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at 27 km (direction west-north-west)

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

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La Roche-Bernard

La Roche-Bernard

at 27 km (direction north-north-west), in the Morbihan department

The river harbour and historic old town centre make La Roche-Bernard a lovely little...

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Les Moutiers-en-Retz

Les Moutiers-en-Retz

Seaside resort at 29 km (direction south-east)

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

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Markets in and near Saint-Nazaire

  • Saint-Brevin-les-Pins: market Wednesday (6km)
  • Pornichet: market Wednesday & Saturday (9km)
  • Donges: market Thursday (12km)
  • La Baule: market every day except Monday (12km)
  • Le Pouliguen: market Friday & Tuesday & Sunday - seasonal market only (15km)
  • Guerande: market Wednesday & Saturday (16km)
  • Prefailles: market Wednesday & Saturday - seasonal market only (17km)
  • Batz-sur-Mer: market Friday - seasonal market only (20km)
  • Batz-sur-Mer: market Monday (20km)
  • Herbignac: market Wednesday (20km)

More information about Saint-Nazaire, Pays de la Loire

Tourist attractions near Saint-Nazaire, France

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


  • Aquarium de Vannes (57km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

Sites of natural beauty

  • Loire Estuaire (8km)
  • Pointe Sainte-Gildas (16km)
  • Marais Salants de Guérande (19km)
  • Marais de Vilaine (35km)
  • Marais de Machecoul (44km)
  • Lac de Grand-Lieu (46km)
  • Presqu'île de Rhuys (50km)
  • Passage Saint-Armel (51km)
  • Embouchure - Rivière de Noyalo (51km)
  • Presqu'île de la Villeneuve (51km)
  • Anse de Mancel (52km)
  • Réserve naturelle nationale des marais de Séné (52km)
  • Golfe du Morbihan (56km)
  • Maison rose (Séné) (56km)
  • Embouchure - Marle (57km)
  • Pont de Kérino (57km)
  • Presqu'île de Conleau (57km)
  • Embouchure - Vincin (Rivière de Conleau) (57km)
  • Source - Marle (58km)
  • Vincin (59km)
  • Moulin à marée de Campen (59km)
  • Pont du Vincin (60km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique du château de Branféré (37km)
  • Planète sauvage (parc) (39km)

Geography and distances

Saint-Nazaire is in the north-west of France at 51 kilometres from Nantes, the department capital (general information: Saint-Nazaire is 383 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Saint-Nazaire

Canton: Saint-Nazaire

Arrondissement: Saint-Nazaire

Department: Loire-Atlantique

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 44600

Distance to Saint-Nazaire

from Nantes (prefecture): 51 km

from Paris: 383 km

from Calais: 505 km

from Nice: 839 km

from Bordeaux: 300 km

from Strasbourg: 757 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 Saint-Nazaire from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 3 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Montoir-de-Bretagne, Saint-Brevin-les-Pins and Trignac.

This page in French: Visiter Saint-Nazaire