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La Turballe is situated on the coast of the Pays-de-la-Loire region, to the west of Guerande in the Loire-Atlantique department. It is a popular coastal resort due to the large sandy beach in the centre of the town.

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France This Way review: La Turballe is a much quieter resort than some in the region and will be a destination for visitors whose main interest is spending time on the beach!

The coast in La Turballe falls into four parts: a long beach, the pleasure port, the fishing port, and then further north there are some smaller beaches.

Pleasure port in La Turballe

It is of course the beach that is the main attraction for visitors to La Turballe - the beach is long, sandy and children friendly and has received the 'blue flag' award for its quality, cleanliness and facilities. In fact there are several beaches that together continue for several kilometres to the south of the town.

When we visited the town the local school children were heading off for their sports lesson of canoeing on the sea - my school never offered that choice!

If you continue to explore to the north of the beach you will find a harbour full of pleasure boats, then after that you reach the harbour for the active fishing industry - you can take a short tour of a traditional sardine fishing boat in the harbour to learn more of the fishing techniques used.


The seafront behind the beach in La Turballe isn't overdeveloped, and the town itself is pleasant if unremarkable, with streets lined with traditional cottages and a small selection of shops and cafes.

If the day isn't too hot and you are feeling energetic head for the church - the belltower is open to the public during the summer and has lovely views out to sea from the top, but there are rather a lot of steps to climb!

It is also possible to visit a traditional 18th century windmill at La Turballe.

Shops in La Turballe town centre

To visit nearby

One particular place of note close to La Turballe is the picturesque town at Le Croisic, which is a lively harbour town with lots of seafront restaurants. The coast here is called the Cote d'Amour.

A little way inland to the south-east be sure to explore the historical walled town of Guerande, and its charming medieval centre.

A boat trip on the quiet marshes and canals in the Briere Natural Regional Park is an enjoyable way to explore the second largest area of marshes in France (the Camargue is the largest).

La Turballe is also a departure point for boats to some of the popular islands of the islands to the west off the coast of Morbihan (Brittany) such as Belle-Ile, Hoedic and Houat.

See more seaside resorts in France. You can find more travel ideas in the Loire-Atlantique guide and the Pays de la Loire guide.

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The fishing harbour and traditional granite houses in Piriac-sur-Mer create an interesting diversion from the long sandy beaches nearby

Piriac-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


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


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 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
La Baule

La Baule

La Baule-Escoblac is a very pleasant and popular resort with a long sandy beach - a toch of the French riviera in the north-west!

La Baule guide

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Address: Turballe, Guérande, Saint-Nazaire, Pays de la Loire, 44420, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 47.346389, longitude -2.505556

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Guerande: recommended detour (6 km)
  • Marais Salants de Guérande: site of natural beauty (11 km)
  • La Baule: ville fleurie 4* (11 km)
  • Pornichet: ville fleurie 4* (15 km)
  • Briere: regional natural parc (19 km)
  • Presqu'île de Rhuys: site of natural beauty (28 km)
  • Parc zoologique du château de Branféré: zoo or wildlife park (29 km)
  • Loire Estuaire: site of natural beauty (29 km)
  • Pointe Sainte-Gildas: site of natural beauty (31 km)
  • Embouchure - Rivière de Noyalo: site of natural beauty (31 km)
  • Passage Saint-Armel: site of natural beauty (31 km)
  • Presqu'île de la Villeneuve: site of natural beauty (32 km)

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