The Bidule is an institution in Pornichet, and probably one of the most visited places in the city. It's a famous wine bar where locals and tourists gather. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that there's only wine or wine from Banyuls Muscat, all Bidule labeled as 1.60€ each. However, there are also soft drinks and beer. No tables or chairs, but there are several barrels in the courtyard where guests can put their pyrex canteen cups with snack cakes on offer. It's a bar with a friendly atmosphere that you get used upon entering, and that often comes with a bottle! The bar was opened in 1954, is open from 5:30pm to 9:00pm and in the summer it fills up quickly. It's just 5 minutes from the seafront in one of the busiest streets in the city. The Bidule has a song that invites you to party.
Pornichet port is ideal for a summer afternoon. Here we can see a beautiful sunset ... It is strange and lovely at the same time, since the place is full of bright colors. I recommend the port for its small bars and restaurants, the environment is very warm, and great for a romantic evening.
The coastal road from Pornichet is the old customs path that runs along the coast to Saint Nazaire to Pornichet over 13 kilometers. Its name comes from its use by customs, who roamed to control ships and deter looters. The path is of the Punta de Bé (or Bec) and goes to the beach in M. Hulot. The path that has been prepared for the ride is safe and plants are not harmed. It is for pedestrians: dogs have to be on a leash. Since the spring of the year 2011, there is a path to discover a fun ride (a free tour ). Throughout the whole way you can see the landscape that makes the coves and sandy beaches. You can also admire the architecture of recreational villas along the coast, with its white walls with paintings. Besides the architecture, you can also see Tourelles Castle, constructe in 1868, and a wall of the former Atlantic Wall where you can stop for a while to look around.
What would be port Pornichet without its name ... It is divided into 2 zones: a port in deeper water and port. The port has been there since around the year 1950, while the deepwater port is more recent. With 1150 seats, it is the biggest marina on the Atlantic coast. It is 5 minutes walk from downtown and has parking. Throughout the year they organize competitions, among which is La Barquera, in spring, and the French Open in August. Close to the pontoons is the Captain, from whose roof can be seen a lovely panorama of the surrounding zone. There are also several restaurants and bars, as P'tite Case. But what most caught my attention is that there are 2 parts of Pornichet: contemporary, towards La Baule, and traditional towards the coast.
They call it the tip of Bec Bé. It is the starting point of the coastal road, accessible only to walkers and hikers. Bicycles are not allowed, and dogs must be on a leash. The Punta de Bé is a rocky cove formed by big rocks. When the tide is low, people walk by fish left by the tides. To walk and fish requires pre-registration at the Tourist Office to have a license to fish, and to know the quality of shellfish and safety warnings. The place is the beginning of the Wild Coast, in contrast to the contemporary structure on the other side of the city. The port marks the limit, and when you get there and you can see the 2 parts of the city. Besides the natural beauty, it has some interesting historical aspects: ancient forts and a neo-Romanesque chapel of Santa Ana, in the year 1879. It is also the most traditional district, which will make those who enjoy strolling through the streets very happy!
Pornichet city captivates visitors with its coastal city architecture. Then you fall in love with its typical villages (like Breton) and modern houses. The most emblematic are the villas of the Belle Epoque and there are many in the Sainte-Marguerite neighborhood, one of the most typical and oldest in the city. This architectural style is rooted in the foundation of the city in the early twentieth century, in the time when the bourgeoisie wanted to rest at the seaside. A feature of these homes is that they have all the names painted on ceramic plates. It is a decorative element that was once used to locate people when the streets did not have names yet. The tours, which can be booked at the Tourist Office, tell you more about these villas.
Leaving the Punta de Bé and following the road for about 15 minute, we arrived at the Punta de Congrigoux. It is to the side of the Sainte-Marguerite beach, frequented by the bourgeoisie of the 19th century, testified by the recess villas in the town. From here you can admire the coast, cliffs, and see the island of Noirmoutier when the day is clear. The place has been reconditioned: in the year 1986 he installed a ceramic orientation table, which allows you to get to know the distance between Pornichet and big cities like New York or Barcelona. We see the shield of the city and the legend in Latin "amicus favet neptunus nauti" which translates to "the friend Neptune is favorable to sailors". It is exposed to winds, making it obligatory to cover up. Next, and most sheltered, there is an area for children aged 4-10 years where they can play.
Take the coastal road from Punta de Bé for about 10 minutes to reach "Le Récif" bar. It is nestled in an area away without light pollution and gives the impression of being at the end of the world. On a clear day, one can block out the sun to see Noirmoutier island on the horizon. The bar-restaurant is on the 2.5 km long Bonne Source beach, one of the wildest of the city. They serve carpaccio, salads, and traditional dishes like beef, or sausage with apples. I recommend apple pie with caramel for dessert. The services on offer are good value for money and in the high season I advise booking a table. After lunch you can relax on the beach or stroll along the path of the customs, something really recommended.
The Yagga yacht club is on the Booksellers Beach, 10 minutes from the Tourist Office. Open from April to September, from 9:00am to 7:00pm, and offers courses, rentals and private lessons for all types of water sports. You can navigate in a catamaran or raise on a sailboard. Children under 16 must be able to swim for at least 25 meters and 50 meters if they're over 16. After the courses, the week always ends with a picnic on the island of Evens. I had the chance to go out to sea on a catamaran sailing with a monitor, and it was a great experience: the boat plowed through the waves, giving me the opportunity to see the bay of La Baule-Pornichet from another point of view. It costs 39 euros to rent a catamaran, I especially like the Laser, I was charged 30 euros for 1 hour.
The city's market is right in the centre next to the tourist office. It's divided into two parts: the covered stalls and the open-air ones. The open-air market is only held on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:30 am to 1 pm. Between June 15 and September 15, the covered stalls are open every day, and the rest of the year they are only open Tuesday through Sunday. It's an ideal place to start the day. In the square, there are sometimes antique and second-hand stalls. Nautical decor enthusiasts are sure to have a great time. It's an old market that once was a victim of the tides, before the dams were built in the 1800's. Currently, it's the most important market on the Guerande peninsula. It's a great place to get local produce, like oysters from Brittany, strawberries from Escoublac, or salt from Guerande.
Speaking of Briere Regional Nature Park Centre in Pornichet, it's more than just a place...it's about the feelings you have there. It's the ideal place to rest and reflect on yourself. If you don't like what you see, that's why you're here. Put aside all the bad vibes. Experience life around you. Find the perfect balance and be the best bits of yourself. This pursuit of personal well-being is also a journey in search of the essence of being human: rediscover your desires. Take all the time you need, it's all yours. In thalassotherapy you'll relax and experiences feelings you'd forgotten existed. Everything is based on an intimate and full communion with the sea. Iodonated air, mineralized sea water, algae and phytoplankton treatments ... Feel your body merge with the ocean. Enjoy this unique experience! What distinguishes this from any other thalassotherapy center is the combination of marine welfare techniques implemented by experts in the field. Reconcile body and spirit in a more intimate and healthy way: it is the very essence of thalassotherapy. And all this using the "original element that gave us life": the sea.