What to do in Pornic ?
Discover Pornic during your stay at the campsite Vallons de l’Océan! In the heart of the traditional Breton country of Retz, the small city is a jewel of the coast of Jade, located on the bay of Bourgneuf facing the island of Noirmoutier. You can enjoy your stay in campsite in Pornic to discover the city.
The most beautiful places of interest in Pornic
Beaches and coves
The beaches and coves of Pornic are among the most beautiful of the Atlantic coast. Several beaches are easily accessible from the center of Pornic, such as the beach Birochère, discreet and wild with the appearance of a beach paradise, the beach of the Source or the beach of the Joselière.
Pornic is originally a small fishing port, the maritime activity is still dynamic, even if it is less than at one time. Depending on the tides, you will have the opportunity to witness the waltz of the boats, which enter and leave the port: It is a fascinating spectacle!
The castle is the symbol of the city. Today, the 12th century building is a private property that can be visited during the Heritage Days as well as during the summer season via the Tourist Office. The most beautiful place to admire the castle is from the quai du Commandant L’Herminier.
The Corniche of Gourmalon
Not to be missed when you visit Saint-Nazaire, about 35 minutes from the campsite, it was the setting for Jacques Tati’s famous film “Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot”. A statue of the character has been erected on the promenade that borders the stretch of sand.
The Upper Town
The “upper town” is the historic district of Pornic. This district is full of cobbled streets with white walls and low houses, and this around the church of Saint-Gilles whose bell tower can be admired from everywhere in the city. There are many pleasant shops, cafes and restaurants.
The Tumulus of Mousseux
Megalithic monument more ancient than the pyramids of Egypt, the tumulus of Mousseux is located on a hill overlooking Pornic. This imposing funerary monument of more than 15 meters in circumference is part of the high density of dolmens located in the region of Pornic. There is also the tumulus of the Moulin de la Motte and the dolmen of La Josselière.
The best activities to do in Pornic
Practice nautical activities
During your stay in Pornic, you can try many water activities such as sailing, catamaran or optimist. But also take advantage of the good weather for a lazy session on the beach or go fishing at low tide.
You will also have the opportunity to book a sea trip aboard a sailboat or to breathe the air of the open sea during a cruise on an old rigging and go to the island of Yeu.
Visit the faience factory
The famous white bowls with the first name written in blue, by hand, come from the earthenware factory of Pornic. You can then visit the faience factory and the workshops in which they are currently manufactured.
The tour lasts about 45 minutes during which a decorator will explain in great detail the process of making the bowls and how they are decorated. Concerning the prices, it is 4 euros for the adults and 2 euros for the children and the reservation is obligatory.
Playing at the Casino
Pornic, in addition to being a charming seaside resort, is also a city of games! You can go and have fun and spend a convivial moment at the casino of Pornic and play slot machines, roulette or make a game of Poker!
Participate in cultural events
Pornic is a culturally rich city. Indeed, many events animate the city throughout the year such as the coffee song festival, the spring carnival, the street arts festival “La Déferlante”, or the “Estivales” which animate the whole city on Tuesdays and Fridays in July and August
Opt for a spa day at the thalasso
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