La Baule travel guide

Cities and towns

About La Baule

La Baule in Atlantic Loire Valley is a fantastic, stylish seaside resort famed for its beach - an expanse of fine sand nearly 9km long that is regarded as one of the best beaches in Europe.

Named as one of the 'most beautiful bays in the world', the draw of La Baule really is the striking beach and its bay, which is the perfect place for a multitude of watersports. Built in the 19th century when the seaside tourist industry boomed in Europe, La Baule is a sophisticated town with lots of upmarket hotels alongside the beach, several thalassotherapy centres utilising the power of the sea in their spa treatments and a casino where you can try your luck on the games tables. The village of Escoublac was buried by the sand repeatedly over the centuries and moved further and further inland until a decision was made in the 1800s to plant the sand dunes to prevent this erosion. Escoublac became La Baule when it was developed into a seaside resort to rival Deauville and Le Croisic in 1869.

Located near the Brittany border, you can find some brilliant crêperies in La Baule with the towns best bars, cafes and restaurants to be found on the main shopping street, the Avenue de Gaulle. Take to the sea and try something you have never tried before - surfing, windsurfing or maybe even catamaran sailing! Or, if you prefer to spend your time on dry land, why not play tennis beside the beach or go horseriding in the nearby countryside and woods? The kids will love the beach club where they can enjoy a variety of different activities such as volleyball, table tennis and several different watersports.

Nearby you'll find the seaside towns of Pornichet, and St Nazaire as well as the salt flats of Guerande and the Monkey Forest Adventure Park. Also close-by are the artistic city of Nantes and Brittany's largest island, Belle-Île.

Why visit La Baule?

  • The Beach
  • Leisure Activities
  • Côte d'Amour
  • Golf

Overview

  • Country: France
  • Region: Western Loire
  • Department: Loire-Atlantique
  • Population: 16,000
  • Coordinates: 47.287381,-2.393131

Coordinates shown are based on the WGS84 system, please check driving directions before departing.

Nearby attractions

Take lady luck for a spin on the games tables where you can play roulette, stud poker and black jack, with 2 English roulette tables and 3 blackjack tables. Or, if you're looking for something with a less expensive risk, the...

This huge stretch of golden sand clings to the crescent-shaped bay of La Baule, covering nearly 9km fromLa Pouliguen to Pornichet - a coastline known as Côte d'Amour, the coast of love.

The Tennis Country Club Barrière has a fantastic 29 courts ( 24 clay and 5 artificial grass courts) and is located just back from the sea in a park which provides some shade.

In this underwater world observatory you can see young rays and baby lobsters in the nursery, discover Atlantic species in the underwater tunnel and experience the thrill of facing some amazing sharks from Australia.

Places to visit nearby

Located in Morbihan, on the Southern coast of Brittany, the fascinating city of Vannes is an intriguing mix of antiquity and urbanisation

Quiberon in Brittany is a pretty fishing port at the tip of the slim Quiberon Peninsula.

Carnac in Brittany is a small town on the River Crac'h that is most famous for its wealth of pre-historic megalithic monuments, the Carnac Stones.