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La Baule is a very popular and quite upmarket seaside resort on the Atlantic coast, to the north-east of France in the Pays de la Loire region. The town was founded at the end of the 19th century, when it gained a rail link with the goal of establishing itself as a seaside resort.

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France This Way comment: La Baule is the busiest and most popular resort on the coast of Pays de la Loire, and a nice place to promenade, spend time on the beach, look sophisticated and spend too much money...

Seafront in La Baule

If you are spending a few days here you should first visit the La Baule Tourist Office on Place de la Victoire to find out about all the many activities as well as the events and concerts that are held in the resort during the summer. Of course, all the seaside activities you would hope for are here.

The main attraction of the La Baule resort is its long sandy beach. The beach is very long at almost eight kilometres and has nice fine sand. The beach is marketed by the town as being  'the best beach in Europe' - whether you agree will depend on what you are looking for in a beach, but it is exceptional. The beach is gently sloping, so ideal for children as well as adults.

The beach reminded me of our favourite beach in south-west France, at Arcachon, with La Baule also being almost obsessional about beach cleanliness: the entire beach is cleaned every night.

The beach is backed by the expensive hotels and apartments that are typical of La Baule and attracts a sophisticated, wealthy crowd - almost as if it were a little piece of the Cote d'Azur transplanted to the north of France. There are numerous restaurants and all other facilities close to the beach: of course, there are lots of seafood restaurants but you will also find also a wide range of other choices!

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Be sure to spend a little time away from the beach to explore the streets behind the sea facing apartments in La-Baule. In these streets there are a great number of impressive villas, built 100 years ago when the town was first established that are very interesting to see, almost all individual in design and many now surrounded by attractive gardens. The Tourist Office arrange guided tours of this historic part of the town.

La Baule is also a 'ville fleurie' and makes a good effort with its public parks and gardens.

In and around La Baule, as well as the many activities on the beach you will also find a casino, golf courses and a horse-racing track.

Old town in La Baule-Escoublac

Attractions nearby

For a smaller scale seaside resort we liked the beach at nearby Batz-sur-Mer, also part of the Cote d'Amour. For a town with more historical interest we suggest that you visit Guerande, a medieval fortified town a few kilometres from La Baule.

Explore elsewhere in the Cote d'Amour. You can find more travel ideas in the Loire-Atlantique guide and the Pays de la Loire guide.

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Map of La Baule and places nearby

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Visit near La Baule with France This Way reviews

Le Pouliguen

Le Pouliguen

If you visit the beach resort of Le Pouligueun be sure to follow the path that leads to the coastal caves

Le Pouliguen guide
Pornichet

Pornichet

The emphasis in Pornichet, immediately south of La Baule, is most certainly based around the long and sandy beach

Pornichet guide
Guerande

Guerande

Guerande is one of the most interesting towns in Pays-de-la-Loire, with its medieval fortifications intact and an attractive historic centre

Guerande guide
Batz-sur-Mer

Batz-sur-Mer

The resort at Batz-sur-Mer is much quiter and smaller than many nearby, ideal if you prefer to avoid excessive crowds!

Batz-sur-Mer guide
Le Croisic

Le Croisic

One of the nicest fishing harbour towns in the region, Le Croisic is a lovely place to stroll around

Le Croisic guide
La Turballe

La Turballe

Less developed than some resorts here, the centre of activity in La Turballe is the long sandy beach

La Turballe guide

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Tourist classifications for La Baule

La Baule is classified as a village in bloom (ville fleurie) 4*

Address: Baule-Escoublac, Saint-Nazaire, Pays de la Loire, 44500, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 47.2867, longitude -2.3908

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Pornichet: ville fleurie 4* (4 km)
  • Guerande: recommended detour (5 km)
  • Marais Salants de Guérande: site of natural beauty (13 km)
  • Briere: regional natural parc (15 km)
  • Loire Estuaire: site of natural beauty (20 km)
  • Pointe Sainte-Gildas: site of natural beauty (20 km)
  • Parc zoologique du château de Branféré: zoo or wildlife park (34 km)
  • Marais de Vilaine: site of natural beauty (38 km)
  • Presqu'île de Rhuys: site of natural beauty (39 km)
  • Passage Saint-Armel: site of natural beauty (42 km)
  • Embouchure - Rivière de Noyalo: site of natural beauty (42 km)
  • Presqu'île de la Villeneuve: site of natural beauty (43 km)

Market days in La Baule, France

Regular market(s) are held in La Baule each every day except Monday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at La Baule (Francais)

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