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Nozay - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Loire-Atlantique

Nozay ... The Land of Blue Stone ...

Cradle of the shale quarries, the city of Nozay gave its name to the stone that characterizes the local built. The stone is sold in blocks Nozay and is used in various ways, both scholarly and popular architecture. She dresses in blue the many mansions, more modest dwellings, fountains, fences Pali (upright slabs of slate), cross bridges and roads, rural landscape features.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude47.5647510 (N 47° 33’ 53”)
Longitude-1.6269160 (W 1° 37’ 37”)
AltitudeFrom 13m to 96m
Surface area57.70 km²
Population3968 inhabitants
Density68 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureNantes (43 km, 37 min)
Insee code44113
IntercommunalityCC de la Région de Nozay
RegionPays de la Loire

Nearest cities & towns

Marsac-sur-Don5.8 km (8 min)
La Grigonnais6.2 km (7 min)
Vay6.8 km (9 min)
Abbaretz7.9 km (8 min)
Puceul7.9 km (8 min)
Saffré8.9 km (9 min)
Treffieux10.2 km (9 min)
Jans11.1 km (11 min)
Le Gâvre12.9 km (15 min)
Conquereuil13 km (14 min)
La Chevallerais13.4 km (13 min)
Derval13.4 km (12 min)
Saint-Vincent-des-Landes15.2 km (13 min)
Blain15.9 km (15 min)

Things to see and do

Enclos du Vieux-Bourg, Nozay: This former parish of medieval architecture in shale is composed of a cure of the 16th century and a church of the twelfth, 15th and 19th century listed building in 1989. Alone or with a guide, you will see the murals of the 16th century, a frame-shaped vessel spilled from the 15th century ... The enclosure of Old Bourg hosts regular exhibitions and events.

Blue Stone Quarry, Nozay: This ancient site traces the shale exploitation expertise of carriers that have operated here for several centuries, the stone commonly called "Blue Stone". When you visit, you will also discover a surprising and rich vegetation typical of shale barrens. Then you will notice easily the pervasiveness of Bluestone in the Region Nozay (houses, Pali ...).

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres

Events and festivities

Seeds Fall Festival: In October in the region of Nozay. Each year, the Festival d'Automne Seeds invites you for 15 days, to share many moments convivial and friendly. In places, often unusual (barns, granaries, barns ...) to discover the most original cultural events (theater, reading, storytelling, music, market ...).


Enclos du Vieux-Bourg
Enclos du Vieux-Bourg
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The City Council
The City Council
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The Pond Recreation
The Pond Recreation
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Public Garden
Public Garden
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Mine Abbaretz: In a lunar landscape to the appearance, just touch the clouds from the top of the heap Abbaretz ... The small mountain that rises 70 meters above the campaign abbaroise no way natural. The heap and the pond are the marks left by the extraction of tin. The 209 steps to climb to the top leads to a breathtaking view of the region Nozay. Converted into a recreation area, you can go walking and find water skiing.

Pond Gruellau to Treffieux and pond to Clégreuc Vay: Real Bird reservoirs and sources of rest, these two natural areas offer the opportunity to stroll, fish, observe animals and plants of emergency or simply enjoy a relaxing moment.

Hiking: A hiking routes through the region Nozay lets you travel around the country blue stone to the discovery of its heritage and its rich landscapes and relaxing.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Private walking tour of Nantes - 2 hours
Culture and education44 € Nantes (39 km)
Day at Puy du Fou: transport from Nantes and tickets to the park
Entertainment120 € Nantes (39 km)
Nantes guided walking tour - 2h
Culture and education25 € Nantes (39 km)
Day trip to discover La Baule: see salt marshes and the medieval city of Guérande
Nature and the great outdoors80 € Nantes (39 km)
Afternoon to discover the Muscadet vineyard
Local flavours55 € Nantes (39 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Château du Port Mulon Park
HikeEasy50 minNort-sur-Erdre (17.7 km)
Carquefou - Saint-Mars-la-Jaille Greenway
Cycling itineraryEasy5h00Carquefou (31 km)
Grand Val Trail-caden
HikeAthletic5h00Caden (50 km)
Ardoisières Trail malansac
HikeIntermediate6h10Malansac (52 km)
Vélocéan - Cycling in Loire-Atlantique
Cycling itineraryEasy4h30Saint-Brevin-les-Pins (54 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals