La Baule-Escoublac!!!

La Baule-Escoublac is in the dept 44 of Loire Atlantique in the region of Pays de la Loire . And as in many occasions,  I step into La Baule, as a collegue of mine lived not far from there and was telling how nice it was but very crowded in Summer. So we decided to check it out now in the Fall and have a taste of it. Nice experience we will be back.

We came by car of course, along the voie express or N165 into the  D774 ,D774A and into the D92 right into town passing by the train station very nice looking building,the tennis club, and some chic mansion hôtels. Right into the Beach, great long wonderful. Locals call it the best beach in Europe with about 8 kms long with passing the districts of La Baule-les-Pins, La Baule-Centre ,and Casino-Benoît. Near the town of Pouliguen, the plage Benoît beach is known for its fine white sands. Forgot to mentioned we parked on a side street for free as the rest is metered. The beach is gorgeous indeed but wondered if one have to overnight to find a parking space in high season as even when there it was hard to find a spot. A very popular spot especially by those Parisiens lol!

La Baule-Escoublac is part of the Côte d’Amour,(love coast) between Le Pouliguen and Pornichet. It first appeared in history through one of its villages, Escoublac, from the 9C. This one must, twice, be moved then rebuilt after an almost total annihilation, a first time in the 15C then at the end of the 18C. The town, which was also called Escoublac then Escoublac-la-Baule, acquired its final name of La Baule-Escoublac in 1962, at a time which marked the preference given to collective housing on the seafront, where the buildings have gradually replaced the villas. The seaside resort is simply called La Baule. The Guézy dune rises behind that of Mazy to an altitude of 25 meters and connects with the Guérande furrow towards the road to Nerac. Between these two dunes flows the stream of Mazy, which, on the coast, marks the limit between La Baule and Pornichet. Beautiful countryside here!

A bit on the chic town of La Baule-Escoublac : The urban and architectural heritage of La Baule is characterized by at least three qualitative and quantitative levels: the large hotels, the chateau villas or chalets and finally, the buildings and town houses. The hotel infrastructure continues to develop at a brisk pace until the eve of WWII. In 1931, the seaside town had 180 hotel establishments. All of the villas characterized either by a location on the seafront or on a secluded plot with a setback from alignment displays a multiplicity of styles which fall into four main families: historicist, regionalist, 20C currents and finally resolutely contemporary The historicist style which, in La Baule, developed in the 19C, was eclectic and of neo-Gothic and medieval inspiration. It was mainly during the second part of the 20C that collective buildings developed in La Baule-Escoublac, mainly concentrated on the seafront. From the 1980s, the balconies became more transparent and the bay windows completely covered the facades, by the use of glass and Plexiglas. It is mainly urbanized in two sectors, La Baule, a seaside resort located on Pouliguen bay and the town of Escoublac, along the RD 213 or the blue road littoral strip, with a depth of 200 to 800 meters on a length of 6 km is fully urbanized. It includes the seafront and the villa district. The city center of La Baule revolves around the market, the avenues of General-de-Gaulle and Maréchal-de-Lattre-de-Tassigny, the city/town hall, the train station and the main post office.

La Baule

Some of the things to see here which we were there for the shopping, and beach but worth coming back for it are The lighthouse of La Banche; The British military cemetery of Escoublac-la-Baule at avenue de la Ville-Halgand shelters 325 tombs of British soldiers, 74 of which are unidentified, and three of soldiers of the Polish Forces. The Saint-Pierre d’Escoublac Church inaugurated in 1786 , and located in Escoublac, includes elements of medieval style such as its turret and brings together certain elements of the old church buried under the sands, such as some stained glass windows, the high altar and certain statues. The Way of the Cross is from 1935, by the painter Xavier de Langlais. The Notre-Dame Church, built from 1931 to 1935 in the center of the town, is in neo-Romanesque style. The stained glass windows of the choir are dedicated to the Virgin Mary; they are distinguished by a choice of cool tones. But of course, we came for the beaches and you should too!! See my other post on them in my blog.

And what we enjoyed while visiting with friends at La Baule-Escoublac.

The cultural space of the  Chapelle Sainte-Anne is great ,this is used to be the Notre-Dame-des-Flots, which was built between 1880 and 1886 and extended by two lateral naves in 1903. It was abandoned later on and the Chapel was acquired by the city in 1981. In 1989, after renovations the building was change into a cultural center. When we were there, there was a showing of nativity scènes sets from Latin America including Cuba which was just wonderful.  More info here in French from the city of La Baule-Escoublac: City of La Baule on cultural center Chapelle Ste Anne

La Baule

La Baule

La Baule

We stop by the L’Igloo ice cream parlor found in many towns nearer us, this one we tried for the ice creams at 49 Avenue Charles de Gaulle , and ,also, the great Italian ice cream coffee place Amorino with outlets in Paris too but here for coffees at 40 avenue du Général de Gaulle.

La Baule

La Plage de Val at 32 boulevard Hennecart on the beach of La Baule! This was when we visited the Créperie seafood restaurant La Plage . For us The restaurant’s reception was dynamic and friendly, the decor is simple but has an exceptional setting in the middle of the Bay of La Baule. The staff were very attentive to us and meet our slightest needs. The preparation of dishes in the kitchen is family-friendly, but remains refined and tasty.

La Baule

The main street coming from the beach Av du Général de Gaulle is loaded with shops, bars, and restaurants all practical for the beach.

La Baule

The Gulf Stream cinema we just enjoyed the looks art deco style reminds me of another spot in my world; nice. More info here for a later showing/visit: Cinema Gulf Stream at La Baule

La Baule

Let me tell you a bit more on how to get here ok

The town of La Baule-Escoublac is served by the regional road RD213 nicknamed the Route Bleu or blue route. This departmental road linking Les Moutiers-en-Retz to Guérande constitutes a major axis which runs along a large part of the Loire-Atlantique coast.. And is a love to drive on it too!!! The Avenue Charles-De-Gaulle and Avenue Lajarrige, perpendicular to the RD 213 and RD 92, constitute the main shopping streets of La Baule They both end at the boulevards along the seafront. Great ambiance with all you need here. La Baule-Escoublac is about 12 km from Saint-Nazaire 50 km from Vannes and 62 km from Nantes. Yes drove several times afterward.

The city is served by the Vélocéan system, a cycle route of the Loire-Atlantique cycle type, allowing you to discover the Atlantic coast.For the bike lovers in you.

La Baule-Escoublac has two train stations: La Baule-Escoublac located in La Baule which I passed by it, and La Baule-les-Pins located east of the city. They are crossed by the Saint-Nazaire – Le Croisic line as an extension of the large radial from Tours. Never taken trains here.

La Baule

By bus four lines of the new Lila Presqu’Île network cross the town; one connects Guérande to La Baule on line 1, another connects to Le Croisic on line 6, and line 4 connects La Baule to La Turballe and Piriac-sur-Mer, another line finally ensures the junction of the common with Pornichet and Saint-Nazaire. Never taken buses here.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

The city of La Baule-Escoublac on its history/heritage in French: city of La Baule on history and heritage

The tourist office of La Baule-Guerande on La Baule-Escoublac in French: Tourist office of La Baule Guerande on La Baule

The tourist office of the Loire-Atlantique dept 44 on La Baule in French: Tourist office Loire Atlantique 44 on La Baule

The tourist office of Brittany on La Baule in English: Tourist office of Brittany on La Baule

And there you go voilà this is beach resort par excellence La Baule-Escoublac chic and famous and lovely not far from me and looking forward to the better weather and time to travel again. Hope you enjoy the post

And remember, happy travels, good heatlh, and many cheers to all!!

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