Saint-Nazaire is a city of surprising contrasts. Boasting an exceptional industrial past and present but also lovely beaches and coves, unique tours and visits presented in this brochure but also the infinite calm of the Brière marshes, Saint-Nazaire is truly stunning. Ready to be bowled over?
Art in town
If you meander through the city, you’ll successively admire giant murals painted by artists from all around the world, visit exhibitions located in unusual places, enjoy modern art from a different perspective and even look for small blue characters created by a local graffiti artist.
LE PIED, LE PULL-OVER ET LE SYSTÈME DIGESTIF
DANIEL DEWAR ET GRÉGORY GICQUEL
Between the crab claws, near the harbor master’s office, on the beach dotted with umbrella pines which plunges into the basin of the outer port of Saint-Nazaire, the work consists of three sculptures representing respectively a foot, a sweater -over and digestive system. Encamped in the sand and rocks, the gigantic figures, made of sculpted concrete blocks, rise to nearly seven meters high. like fragments of bodies, architecture or port monuments, they paint a landscape-scale portrait of a modern civilization subject to erosion and the colonization of the elements.
THE NATURAL REGIONAL PARK OF BRIERE
At the very heart of Brière Natural Regional Park, Rozé Port nestles like a suspended breath, a bubble of well-being for nature-lovers, for anyone in search of gentle sensations and eco-tourism, as this is where you’ll find a natural bird reserve, boat trips on flat-bottomed boats, and traditional markets. Come and discover – or rediscover – Rozé Port and admire the belvedere, which blends into its green surroundings yet offers a 24-metre-high vantage point, from which you can enjoy an outstanding panoramic view over the Brière wetlands.
At Saint-Nazaire, if you ask locals the way to the beach, they’ll invariably reply: “Which one?” This is, after all, a town boasting 20 beaches! Are you more of a sandy-beach or rocky-creek person? Up for a dip in the waves or lazily sunning yourself? A canoe or a windsurf? Here in Saint-Nazaire, there’s something for everyone. As a family or with friends, discover a remarkably unspoilt, thoughtfully laid-out coastal stretch.
New visitor’s route
1964: mission under the ice! The Espadon was the first French submarine to dive under the ice field. All the members of the crew were in position. Now it’s your turn to go down into this steel giant to experience all the sound effects of life underwater, just like a submariner. Audioguided tour, 40 minutes. Please, book a time slot.
Where to eat
- La Plage de Monsieur Hulot, 37 Rue du Commandant Charcot, 44600 Saint-Nazaire – +33(0)2 40 91 76 17
- Le Skipper, 1 Boulevard René Coty, 44600 Saint-Nazaire – +33(0)2 40 22 20 03
- Le Bar Iodé, Place du Commando, 44600 Saint-Nazaire – +33 (0)6 62 80 09 82
- Sous les palmiers la plage, 8 Boulevard de Verdun, 44600 Saint-Nazaire – +33(0)2 40 22 13 97
Where to sleep
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