Seaside resort of Loire-Atlantique, Pornic owes its fame in particular to its proximity with Nantes which made it one of its favorite beaches. Located in the heart of the Pays de la Loire, the town is located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, about twenty kilometers from Saint-Nazaire.
The rise of Pornic came in the 19th century with the development of seaside tourism. The arrival of the train in 1875 favored this economic and tourist development. From this time many people are to appreciate the charms of this ancient Breton city, like Gustave Flaubert, Auguste Renoir, or even Julien Gracq. In the early 1970s, the seaside resort merged with the neighboring towns of Sainte-Marie-sur-Mer and Le Clion-sur-Mer, thus expanding its territory and tourist offer. Today, the municipality is as much appreciated for its idyllic geographical location as for its important architectural heritage which attracts many visitors each year. Lovers of great gastronomy will also find their happiness with products from Fraiseraie (ice cream, jams, fruit paste...), or the famous Curé Nantais, a cheese produced directly on the commune.
A castle built in the 12th century on the territory of Clion-sur-Mer, the Château des Brefs has been rebuilt many times over time, before taking its present appearance. It became a pleasure castle in the Louis XIII style and was enlarged in the 18th century, before being restored in the Clissonnais style at the beginning of the 19th century. Owned by the Gallimard family in the following century, the site welcomed internationally renowned writers such as Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Albert Camus. Today, the castle hosts a center of art and culture, with the organization of plays or exhibitions throughout the year.
Also of great interest, the castle of Pornic dates from the thirteenth century and was strongly modified in the XIXth century. In the oldest part, it is still possible to admire a tower surmounted by machicolations. Former property of the famous Gilles de Rais, the castle now belongs to the commune.
Classified as Historical Monuments, the tumulus of Mousseaux is the largest megalithic group in the commune of Pornic. On the site, one can discover a three-level cairn made up of mica schists covering two tombs.
Several religious buildings are to be discovered in the territory of Pornic, like the church of the Clion built in the thirteenth century. Remodeled in the 19th century, it unveils a mechanical chime of the same era. One can still admire the vestiges of the abbey Sainte-Marie of Pornic, as well as the church of the same name built at the end of the XIXth century. This last one presents a very neo-gothic style. The church of Saint-Gilles dates from the same period, while the chapel Notre-Dame de Gourmalon was built at the beginning of the 20th century.
The natural heritage of Pornic attracts a large number of tourists each year. The customs trail allows you to cross the coastline for almost fourteen kilometers, offering a breathtaking view of the ocean and the surrounding countryside. Several beaches take place on the town, such as La Birochère, La Fontaine aux Bretons, La Joselière, Grandes Vallées, Boutinardière, Portmain, Montbeau, Noëveillard, Sablons, La Source, Porteau or the Etang. Pleasant, they allow to enjoy the sun, as well as the practice of many nautical activities. The old port also deserves your attention with its special charm and authentic architecture.
An English cemetery hosts the graves of the victims of the torpedoing of the RMS Lancastria, June 17, 1940.
A casino, the Môle, allows to enjoy the slot machines and the various shows organized throughout the year, While golf offers stunning views of the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean.
There is no shortage of activities in Pornic, including an adventure in the trees, fishing and guided tours of the Tourist Office.
Several markets take place throughout the year in Pornic. The traditional market takes place on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, while an organic market takes place on Saturday in the late afternoon. At the end of the year, the town also offers a Christmas market with several seasonal activities.
At the end of March, the festival of the song of coffee allows to attend several concerts in the bars of the municipality.
The Carnival takes place every year at the end of April, with a parade of tanks and various other animations.
At the weekend of the Ascension, the festival La Déferlante animates the streets of Pornic. For the occasion, free cultural events take place in nine seaside resorts of Loire-Atlantique and Vendée, such as La Tranche-sur-Mer, Les Sables-d'Olonne and Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez.
On Tuesdays and Fridays in July and August, the city offers its Estivales with various and varied shows. At the beginning of July, a concert at the Green Theater opens the festivities.
At the end of August, the Celtic festival of Saint Gilles makes it possible to discover the traditions of this rich culture in Brittany.
The festival Pornic Classic offers its concerts at the end of October.