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

Briere and close to the coast, the city of Pontchâteau is located in a site of passage, on a bend of Brivet, the last tributary of the right bank of the Loire. The bridge which spans it, Gallo-Roman or medieval with a wooden deck was replaced in 1877 by a stone bridge of a single arch.

The castle was built around 1070. Dominant and monitoring the toll bridge, he was district Ste-Catherine: the remains of two round towers and a square tower tend to prove. Men moved gradually to the castle of the Lords Bridge. So this place was called originally "Castle Bridge" appellation which turned into Pontchâteau. The castle was probably destroyed in 1500.

In 1096 was founded the Benedictine priory of St-Martin attached to the abbey of Marmoutier-lès-Tours.

Creation of the common in 1790.

Pontchâteau is the hometown of the filmmaker Jacques Demy born June 5, 1931 (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg).

Geographical information

Latitude47.4369290 (N 47° 26’ 13”)
Longitude-2.0895360 (W 2° 5’ 22”)
Surface area55.79 km²
Population10273 inhabitants
Density184 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureNantes (52 km, 45 min)
Insee code44129
IntercommunalityCC du Pays de Pontchâteau St Gildas des Bois
RegionPays de la Loire

Nearest cities & towns

Besné4.9 km (7 min)
Drefféac5.9 km (8 min)
Crossac7.3 km (10 min)
Sainte-Anne-sur-Brivet7.4 km (9 min)
Sainte-Reine-de-Bretagne8.8 km (10 min)
Campbon10.3 km (12 min)
Saint-Gildas-des-Bois10.6 km (13 min)
Missillac11.3 km (11 min)
Saint-Joachim11.6 km (15 min)
Quilly11.8 km (14 min)
La Chapelle-des-Marais13.1 km (14 min)
La Chapelle-Launay14.9 km (13 min)

Things to see and do

By taking the trails, discover the shores of Brivet or engaging in activities to relax, fitness trail, mountain biking, swimming, canoeing, tennis, games, track rollers, ping-pong, basketball, horse riding, fishing or nap ...

Not to mention the rich heritage: dolmen, menhir, calvary, chapel, church, cross, mills, ovens, washing ...

In a park of 14 ha, come and discover free ordeal Pontchâteau: Way of the Cross with life-size figures, chapels, caves, Scala Sancta, Jerusalem temple, museum ...

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Discoveries of small heritage walks.

Nature walks on the banks of Brivet guided by a passion for nature.


Franco-American chamber music August 15 to 20: free concerts.

End of August: European Night of the Bat.

For more information, contact the Tourism Office at Pontchâteau +33 2 40 88 00 87.


The Brivet
The Brivet
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Church Pontchâteau
Church Pontchâteau
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Mill Bilais
Mill Bilais
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canoe rides
canoe rides
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Tourist Office Pontchâteau
Tourist Office Pontchâteau
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Friday 9 october
Min. 6°C - Max. 16°C
Saturday 10 october
Min. 8°C - Max. 17°C
Sunday 11 october
Min. 10°C - Max. 18°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Maiden microlight flight
Sports sensations75 € La Baule-Escoublac (26 km)
Visit Piriac-sur-Mer and taste oysters
Local flavours45 € La Baule-Escoublac (28 km)
Private walking tour of Nantes - 2 hours
Culture and education44 € Nantes (47 km)
Kitesurfing lessons on Brittany’s beaches
Sports sensations80 € to 500 € Sarzeau (47 km)
Day at Puy du Fou: transport from Nantes and tickets to the park
Entertainment120 € Nantes (47 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Vélocéan - Cycling in Loire-Atlantique
Cycling itineraryEasy4h30Saint-Brevin-les-Pins (22 km)
Grand Val Trail-caden
HikeAthletic5h00Caden (26 km)
Ardoisières Trail malansac
HikeIntermediate6h10Malansac (31 km)
Rochefort-en-terre trail
HikeEasy2h40Rochefort-en-Terre (34 km)
Along the Haute Perche Canal
HikeEasy1h30Pornic (36 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals