THE PORT:

In use since ancient times, this port witnessed the departure for Newfoundland of numerous 'Terre-Neuvas' fishing boats, then life as a pirate haunt, before welcoming a multitude of merchant ships from British, Dutch and Scandinavian ships. Pornic, which opens out onto the vast and protective Baie de Bourgneuf, is an ideal site for sailing and regattas.

The dry harbour at Gourmalon can shelter 350 boats, and the deep water port at La Noëveillard can hold 919 boats on pontoons.

Staff at the dynamic CLUB NAUTIQUE DE PORNIC will be delighted to teach you the basics of sailing, catamaran, windsurfing, sea kayak or rowing.

If you want to explore the Baie de Bourgneuf and the Côte de Jade, you need look no further than 'LA PIMPANTE' or 'CORSAIRES DE RETZ'. Further information is available at the Tourist Office.

 

THE OLD TOWN:

At the top of the cliffs, a stroll around the old town with all its medieval charms is an absolute must, especially on market days. The 'halles' where the market is held date from 1609. As you cast your gaze over the red and blue rooftops - a marriage of terracotta and slate—you'll see that the stairs connecting the upper towns to the fishing port create a particularly picturesque labyrinth. On the outskirts, along the roads leading to Sainte-Marie and Clion, it's a real pleasure to discover the megaliths, which testify to a strong and truly ancient human presence in Pornic. The Cairn des Mousseaux is a remarkable sight.

 

THE CUSTOMS OFFICERS' PATHWAY:

The customs officers' pathway allows you to explore 15 kilometres of the Pornic coastline, with its fifteen beaches and orange-tinted sandy creeks. Beautiful seaside villas dating from the 19th century compete with one another in a quest to be the most picturesque.

 

THE “CASINO DU MOLE”:

Pornic and its casinos – it's a long-standing affair. If you're in search of a moment of relaxation and pleasure, make the most of all the events on offer, and why not make a fortune? A visit to the Casino du Môle is recommended; you'll find it right by the fishing port and chateau.

Quai Leray - Tel : 02.40.82.26.87

 

THALASSOTHERAPY:

Warm sea bathing has been in vogue in Pornic since 1830; the thalassotherapy centre is a veritable institution. The old Casino de La Source was converted in 1990, and is now one of the most highly-reputed centres in Europe. It is renowned in particular for the personalized services on offer.

In an exceptional environment, the Centre Alliance Pornic Resort Hotel offers themed breaks: oriental serenity, young mother, slimming, cellulite, legs special, running, fitness, hiking, back in shape, harmony for the back, better health and rheumatology, world massage. Dietary advice is available at its restaurant, La Source. Open all year round.

Plage de la Source - Tel : 02.40.82.21.21

 

• Local craftsmanship goes particularly well with the resort's image: it is authentic. Le Fromage du Curé, la Fraiseraie, la Faïencerie and the Brasserie de la Côte de Jade –each is a venue to visit and/or taste the wares, and all are very much appreciated by their visitors.

 

If you want to see everything of interest in Pornic, you have a choice: Tourist Office guides, or the miniature tourist train.

 

WALKING

Although the entire resort facilitates walking - along the customs officers' paths, inland signposted paths or around the Val-Saint-Martin lake - it is also conducive to getting back in shape and participating in sports activities. Jogging along the coastline is an invigorating experience, and cycle tracks are springing up - both in the countryside area and along the “Vélocéan route”.

 

BICYCLE HIRE:

CYCLO SAM : 02.40.82.19.74

ADA : 02.40.21.12.01

 

BIKE RIDING OUT

What could be more pleasant than a bicycle ride?

These trails are accessible to everyone, and will show you a different view of Pornic:

- 'Venture into the countryside and coastline of Ste Marie Sur Mer': The Canal de Haute Perche, the Etang du Val Saint Martin, the manor house at la Mossardière, the Villa Tocnaye, the Fraiseraie, the Sainte Marie sur Mer coastline, the Golf Course, and the Cairn des Mousseaux.

NEW FOR 2007: 'Strolling along the Clionnaise coastline' via the Gourmalon quartier, the megalithic sites, the Fontaine aux Bretons, the fisheries, Monval, and the Château de la Birochère...

By reservation at the Tourist Office - Tel : 02.40.82.04.40

 

EQUESTRIAN

The CENTRE EQUESTRE DE PORNIC has earned the 'Cheval Plus' label – and is frequented by lovers of ponies and horses.

CENTRE EQUESTRE DE PORNIC - Tel : 02.40.82.19.28

 

GOLF

The Pornic golf course dates back to 1912. Its 18 holes are located in the very heart of the resort.

GOLF DE PORNIC - Avenue Scalby Newby - Tel : 02.40.82.06.69

 

ADVENTURE PARK

Whether on clay courts or indoors, tennis players are assiduous users of our facilities.

Mini-golf, shooting range, indoor pool, line fishing, half-court sports, paintball. Pornic has one of France's best adventure parks, with skimboard, BMX, snowboarding through the treetops, a 180-metre super Tyrolean, and Tarzan jumps. 8 fantastic courses, in an exceptional setting.

 PORNIC AVENTURE - Etang du Val Saint Martin -

http://www.pornic-aventure.com/

Tel : 02.40.39.19.19

 

RESTAURANTS

More than 50 restaurateurs have chosen to set up in Pornic. They offer French and foreign specialities. But in terms of food, the main event in Pornic is ocean-sourced – seafood, shellfish, and fish, their flavours coaxed out by the lively wines of the Pays de Retz - Muscadet and Grolleau.

 

 

FESTIVALS

 The CARNAVAL DE PRINTEMPS is the resort's first major event of the year: multicoloured floats, fanfares, and majorettes bring a fun ambiance to the streets.

Music festivals are next in the line-up: traditional, Celtic, classical – there's something to suit every taste, and for all ages. In July and August, at nightfall, the 'ESTIVALES' bring an amazing atmosphere to the quays and the môle, which are free of all traffic. Lively bars, nightclubs, cinemas, and the casino offer holidaymakers many enjoyable options for extending the days that have been devoted to rest and sports activities.

 

CARNAVAL DE PRINTEMPS (SPRING CARNIVAL)– 15th April

FETE DE LA MUSIQUE (MUSIC FESTIVAL) – 21st June

COURSE CROISIERE (CRUISE RACE): PORNIC - BAIONA

From 14th to 27th July

FETE DE LA MOULE, FEU D'ARTIFICE ET BAL (MUSSEL FESTIVAL, FIREWORKS & DANCE)

14TH July

FETE DE LA CREPE ET DE LA GALETTE & FEU D'ARTIFICE (SWEET AND SAVOURY PANCAKE FESTIVAL & FIREWORKS) – 21st July

COURIR A PORNIC (PORNIC RUN) – 22nd July

COURSE DES GARCONS DE CAFE (CAFÉ WAITERS RACE) – 2nd August

CARNAVAL D'ETE & FEU D'ARTIFICE (SUMMER CARNIVAL & FIREWORKS) – 4th August

24th BROCANTE ET CURIOSITES (ANTIQUE AND FLEA MARKET)- 5th August

LES CLIONNADES (FESTIVAL OF CLION) – 5th August

FETE DE LA MER (SEA FESTIVAL) – 12th August

FETE DE LA MOULE & FEU D'ARTIFICE (MUSSEL FESTIVAL & FIREWORKS)– 14th August

FETE DE LA MER (SEA FESTIVAL) – 20th August

PORNIC CYCLISME (CYCLING IN PORNIC) – 26th August

FEST-NOZ & FETE DE LA SAINT GILLES (BRETON BARN DANCE & ST GILLES' DAY)-1st and 2nd September

JOURNEE DU PATRIMOINE (NATIONAL HERITAGE SITE DAY) – The chateau is open (exceptionally) to the public – 16th September

LES JOURNEES DE L'HISTOIRE (HISTORY DAYS)– 13th and 14th September

 

GUIDED TOURS

All year round, by reservation at the Tourist Office

.ON FOOT (3 themes are on offer): Monday to Saturday

'PORNIC, A MEDIEVAL & MARITIME TOWN'

All along the quays, come and explore the Terre-Neuvas boats and maritime trade. Take a few moments to remember the legend of Bluebeard, and wander in the castle’s courtyards, before we make our way to the fisherman’s quartier.

 

'PAINTERS AND AUTHORS WHO STAYED IN PORNIC' Walk the length of the Noëveillard coastal road with us, and encounter the bygone celebrities who were seduced by the beauty of this place.

Pornic inspired many writers and painters such as Renoir, Flaubert, Léautaud, among others.

 

PORNIC THROUGH THE EYES OF A NATIVE: From April to October Meet a local resident with a passion they are eager to share – whether it’s their work, their hobby or their location. A guide from the Tourist Office will accompany you to and present the visit, and the 'Pornicais’ will take over from there… -

 

DRAMATIZED TOURS: From June to September In the company of a Tourist Office guide, visitors will be taken to unexpected venues to meet characters played by actors from the “Action Juste” company.

For groups, all year round, by reservation only: Guided tours on foot or by coach.

By reservation at the Tourist Office - Tel : 02.40.82.04.40

Contact details

Address: Place de la Gare BP 1119

Postcode: 44211

Town: PORNIC Cedex

Telephone: 33 (0) 2 40 82 04 40

Fax: 33 (0) 2 40 82 90 12

Email: contact@ot-pornic.fr

 

The Port

Sailing

The Old Town

Customs Pathway

Casinos

Thalassotherapy

Walking & Biking

Equestrian

Golf

Adventure Park

Restaurants

Festivals

Guided Tours


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