Camping Holidays in Loire Atlantique, southern Brittany
Between southern Brittany and the Vendée, where France’s longest river, the Loire, reaches the Atlantic, come and discover a secret region called Loire Atlantique, on the Loire Coast. Siblu holiday park, Les Pierres Couchées, set within verdant woodland and close to the seaside town of St-Brevin-les-Pins, is the ideal gateway for exploring this surprising gem of a holiday destination. And it’s a great base for a two-centre holiday: after a week in Loire Atlantique head to Siblu campsite Le Domaine du Dugny, nestled among the splendid châteaux of the beautiful Loire Valley. Tempted? Then let’s go!
Beaches & The Great Outdoors
On the doorstep of campsite Les Pierres Couchées, St-Brevin-les-Pins lies in the heart of the Côte de Jade (named after the magical colour of its waters). Backed by dunes and fragrant pine forest, you can while away an afternoon on the long stretches of fine sand that bustle with beach games and water sports. Around the picturesque port of Pornic, why not visit the castle before strolling the promenade to discover its extensive coastline offering yet more coves and sandy beaches. Meanwhile on the Côte d’Amour, established and lively seaside resort La Baule is famous for its truly splendid crescent-shaped sandy bay and beach.
Things To Do & Special Events
Océarium in harbour town Le Croisic is a fascinating aquarium complex – it even has an underwater tunnel with jellyfish zooming overhead! While you’re there, indulge in a fish lunch – the town is very much an active port, famous for its ‘pink prawns’, and fish dishes are a specialty. Planète Sauvage safari park near Nantes is well worth a visit – lions, tigers, and giraffes, plus a dolphin show and walking trail.
Local Discoveries & Hidden Gems
Pop over the ‘border’ into Brittany and discover Carnac, France’s remarkable answer to Stonehenge. It has the longest alignment of standing stones (menhirs) – anywhere! Batz-sur-Mer is another pretty port – make the effort to climb the tower of Eglise St-Guénolé and you will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the Presqu’île Guérandaise. This area is also famous for its ‘gourmet’ salt – you can find out all about it if you visit the Musée des Marais Salants. Nearby Guérande is not to be missed either – a walled town with cobbled streets, fine galleries and craft shops and, more importantly, plenty of crêperies serving sweet and savoury delights washed down with local cider to keep thirst and hunger at bay!
Places To Go
St-Nazaire is remarkable for its spectacular landmark bridge crossing the Loire estuary. Once in town, you can climb inside cold-war submarine Espadon, or visit ocean-liner-like museum Escal’Atlantique and imagine yourself on a transatlantic crossing of days gone by. Nantes has a superb historic centre, castle and the Musée des Beaux Arts – featuring a life-sized ostrich, no less. But it’s the remarkable Les Machines de l’île in Nantes’ former shipyards that’s an unforgettable attraction – experience it to believe it – it’s bound to take your breath away.
Camping in Loire Atlantique: discover a new holiday destination…