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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Préfailles
Insee code44136
AltitudeFrom 0 to 36 meters
Surface4.88 km²
Population1283 inhabitants
Density262 inhabitants/km²


National labelsLa Plaine-sur-Mer at 3.4 km (7 min)
Chief townNantes (at 60 km, 64 min)Tharon-Plage at 7.7 km (12 min)
DepartmentLoire-AtlantiquePornic at 10.3 km (15 min)
RegionPays de la LoireSearch another town


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Located halfway between the Bay of Bourgneuf and the estuary of the Loire, Préfailles enjoys a unique window on the ocean. A few miles from Pornic, the town offers a rugged coastline of 10 km, saved and dotted with coves and beaches family. Widely known as the second half of the 19th century to the virtues of its curative spring water and the benefits of its sea-bathing, Préfailles has kept over time a typical seaside architecture, the essential charms.


  • A Préfailles the pleasures are many and for the family! The most diverse aquatic pleasures are offered by the activities of the Yacht Club de Saint-Gildas: internships, courses, fishing trips (with possible kayak rentals, windsurfing, dinghy, catamaran ...). Also rent a jet ski or enjoy a night out on banana, always Pointe Saint-Gildas.
  • The museum area of ​​Semaphore, also turned out to sea will present the maritime and military history of Pointe Saint-Gildas. From the panoramic terrace, enjoy a breathtaking view. Exhibitions (paid or free) are offered a large part of the year.
  • Several circuits heritage interpretation through the whole of the town and tell the history and architectural Préfailles resort, but also have the sea here, seen by some twenty artists, or military history Point Saint-Gildas de Vauban in the Second World War. Find out some of the remains of the Atlantic Wall. On desks or audio guidance, discover each route to the Tourist Office Préfailles.
  • Rental bikes can be from April 15 to October 15, provision of a lift net fishery (hut on stilts with plaice to fish) from April 15 to October 15.
Detailed information
Information pointsTourist Office of Préfailles
Leisure centresBeach Margareth,   Beach of L'Anse du Sud,   Beach of La Crique de Préfailles,   Beach of La Raize,   Beach of the Port-Meleu,   Big Beach of Préfailles
MonumentsLighthouse of La pointe Saint-Gildas
Natural sitesHeadland of Saint-Gildas,   Island of the Pilier


  • Appointment of old vehicles and prestige every third Sunday of the month from 10am to 12pm, Market Square.
  • Spring Holiday: Festival of the Games and Recreation.
  • Weekend of Ascension: The Printanières (4 days of entertainment, shows, baptisms by helicopter, bicycle race, arts and crafts market ...).
  • In June: Days of coastal development, awareness of environmental protection and eco-tourism (entertainment, shows, workshops and conference).
  • July 13: On the lanterns for children at 21:45, fireworks at 23h, ball home from 23.15.
  • The third week of July: The Musical of Préfailles: International Festival of classical music and world music
  • August 15: Flower parade: parade floats in the evening, musical entertainment.
  • On Monday 15 August: Festival of Amateur Theatre (Monday to Saturday, a performance every night).
  • In July and August: Beach club from 3 years.
  • Throughout the year, an exhibition of unusual kites at Grand Bazaar (Downtown).


  • Heritage Maritime and River:
  • Pornic, the upper town and its old castle.
  • The Marine Museum in Saint-Brevin-les-Pins.
  • The Maritime Canal of Lower Loire, also known as Canal Maritime de la Martiniere, to Frossay.
  • Paimboeuf, pre-historic port of Nantes.
  • Historical and Cultural Heritage:
  • The repository of old crafts and home of the wash house in Saint-Père-en-Retz.
  • The Chapel of Prigny and the lantern of the dead to Moutiers-en-Retz.
  • Know-how:
  • The pottery of Pornic.
  • The Making of Cakes St-Michel Saint-Michel-Chef-Chef.
  • The Fraiseraie in Pornic.
  • The cheese of Pornic Curé Nantais.
  • The brewery of the Côte de Jade Pornic.
  • Parks:
  • Wild Planet in Port-Saint-Père: safari trail of 10 km and marine city which hosts the dolphins.
  • The Great Park of the Legends: a site of 33 hectares devoted to animals, tales, legends and superstitions. 3 shows.
  • Cities around:
  • Saint-Nazaire and yards of the Atlantic.
  • Nantes, a city of art and history.
Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Naturalists’ boat trip in BrièreNature and the outdoorsFrom 10 € to 30 €Saint-Malo-de-Guersac (26 km)

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The coastal path to Préfailles along the coast of JadeThe coastal path to Préfailles along the coast of Jade



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French cuisine restaurantHôtel - Restaurant Anne De Bretagne   NEW
La Plaine-sur-Mer
ON DUNES, FACING THE PORT OF GRAVETTE - In his restaurant La Plaine -sur -Mer ( ten minutes from Pornic ), chef Philippe Vételé work to sublimate seafood by getting emotional and sensual...
Located 2.9 km from Préfailles75 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLes Sablons   NEW
De passage ou en vacances à Pornic, faite une pause gourmande aux Sablons. Le Chef vous concoctera une cuisine venue tout droit des océans, fraîche, et pleine de saveurs. Les amateurs...
Located 6.6 km from Préfailles29 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLe Cap - Casino de Saint-Brévin l'Océan  
Put Le Cap to ... - The Loire Valley and along the coast to Le Cap restaurant, located on the seafront of the small coastal town of Saint-Brevin-les-Pins. There an exceptional view...
Located 11.6 km from Préfailles31 € per person 

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Villa with 4 bedroomsUne escale a pornic    
From leather, wood, stone and iron, a set of materials makes each of our unique rooms... Warmth and serenity for your holiday by the sea.
Located 7.9 km from PréfaillesFrom 77 € to 99 € the double room 
House with 3 bedroomsLe clos des Alizés    
The contemporary house is set in a charming district, only 300 m from the ocean. The rooms are very confortable fastefully decorated. A spacious veranda is forseen for the breakfast...
Located 12.1 km from PréfaillesFrom 70 € to 75 € the double room 
House with 3 bedroomsLe-bois-clere  
3 comfortable rooms offer you are deep in a calm and serene 300 m from the beach of the Clere impasse.
Located 12.9 km from PréfaillesFrom 68 € to 95 € the double room 

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House for 2 personsMaisonnette sur jardin à 50 m de l'océan  
2 people. 3 max. A Pornic, peninsula Gourmalon independent house of 41 m ² on wooded closed. A short walk from the ocean (3 minutes), shopping downtown (15 minutes), train station (15...
Located 8.9 km from PréfaillesFrom 350 € to 500 € per week 
Ground floor for 4 persons'Coté Mer' Les Sableaux  
Duplex townhouse with garden, lawn and parking clos. Décors waterfront, built in 2009, jardin. Au terrace room ground floor lounge area with 2 seater sofa, television, dining area and...
Located 14.3 km from PréfaillesFrom 500 € to 750 € per week 
Apartment for 4 personsVacances à Noirmoutier  
City Centre in Noirmoutier Island, near the harbor, shops nearby, bus station 2 minutes walk, apartment for 4 persons, 47 m², fully refurbished, 1st floor of a residence facing the...
Located 14.4 km from PréfaillesFrom 600 € to 700 € per week 

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210 places over 5 haCamping La Guichardiere    
La Plaine-sur-Mer
300 m from the sea and the port of Gravette (fishing port and marina), the campsite is located in Loire Atlantique in the municipality of La Plaine sur Mer 10 minutes from Pornic and...
Located 2.7 km from PréfaillesFrom 16 € to 28 € per day 
275 places over 6 haCamping 4 étoiles La Tabardière Pornic-La    
4 star campsite, family, near Pornic Loire Atlantique. The Tabardière, located a few kilometers from the beaches of La Plaine Sur Mer and Pornic, is the starting point for beautiful...
Located 5.1 km from PréfaillesFrom 16 € to 32 € per day 
140 places over 2,2 haCamping bel essor    
The campsite bel essor has retained a spirit traditionnel. Ici the family atmosphere and the green promotes calm and rest. For ideal vacation, camping is situated close to the center...
Located 7.1 km from PréfaillesFrom 12.40 € to 16.80 € per day 

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Logis Le Calluna - Hotel in PréfaillesLogis Le Calluna     
The Calluna is located at Saint Gildas Point, in the west of Retz, between Pornic and Saint Nazaire. It offers free Wi-Fi access and panoramic ocean views. Rooms are comfortable and...
Located in PréfaillesRoom from 65 €
Anne de Bretagne - Hotel in PréfaillesAnne de Bretagne     
La Plaine-sur-Mer
A 4-star hotel set 12 km from Pornic, Anne de Bretagne offers a heated swimming pool, a tennis court, a 2-Michelin star restaurant, a bar, a garden a terrace, and fee Wi-Fi throughout....
Located 2.9 km from Préfailles
Hôtel Restaurant L'Empreinte - Hotel in PréfaillesHôtel Restaurant L'Empreinte     
Situated opposite the beach and the Bay of Biscay, this hotel is situated in Saint-Michel-Chef-Chef in Pays de la Loire. It offers free Wi-Fi internet access and panoramic views of...
Located 5.9 km from PréfaillesRoom from 64 €

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City Residence Nantes Beaujoire
Located just a 5-minute drive from the Beaujoire Stadium and Parc des Expositions and a 10-minute drive to the centre of Nantes, this residence offers...
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