Situated on France’s Côte de Jade, Pornic is a picturesque seaside town in the department of Loire-Atlantique. It centres around a medieval core and a bustling fishing harbour and is located at one end of the long-distance Customs Officers' Path.
Things to do in Pornic
In the heart of Pornic is La Ria Botanical Garden, a scenic green space overlooking the Canal de Haute Perche. A cycling and walking trail links west to the Plage du Château, a tiny strip of sand nestled beneath the Château de Barbe Bleue. Originally constructed as a wooden castle in the 10th century, it was occupied by Joan of Arc’s companion-in-arms, Gilles de Rais, in the 15th century.
A short drive west of Pornic is Pointe Saint-Gildas, a rocky promontory marking the southern edge of the Loire estuary. Fishing and pleasure boats come and go from its bustling port and there’s a sailing school if you’re looking to learn the ropes. Housed within the Semaphore Pointe Saint Gildas is a small museum that details the region’s maritime history.
Travelling with kids? Don’t miss a visit to Legendia Parc, a unique theme park that sprawls across 33 hectares. It’s home to more than 500 animals and a variety of rides, as well as daily shows based on various legends. Experience the “Legend of La Malebeste” and the “Corsairs of Retz” or coincide your visit with the nightly “Passeurs de Brume” performance.
Getting around Pornic
Pornic is around an hour drive from the centre of Nantes and 40 minutes from Nantes Atlantique Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe and North Africa. Regular trains connect from Nantes to the Gare de Pornic and buses travel throughout the town. The centre of Pornic is compact enough to explore on foot.