Luxury holidays in La Baule
Seaside town La Baule in southern Brittany is home to one of the longest stretches of golden sand in Europe; at nine kilometres long, La Baule’s crowd-drawing beach stretches from the port of Pornichet to the port of Pouliguen and is dotted with a mix of old Breton-style abodes, art-deco resorts and modern villas. The surf is gentle, the beaches are family friendly and there’s a well-marked coastal path to explore. A generous helping of seafront cafés and bars hug the coastline; take your pick and settle in for leisurely meals and chilled drinks (and wiggle your toes in the sun-warmed sand while you’re at it).
When to go
The population of La Baule peaks in July and August each year, when many Parisians stay for weeks.
PlanesNantes Atlantique is the closest airport – the drive to La Baule will take around 90 minutes – and is served by Air France, KLM, EasyJet and a handful of other carriers. Direct flights can be booked from select cities across Europe, including London, Paris, Marseille and Amsterdam.
TrainsSNCF trains pull into La Baule Escoublac station; the journey from Paris Montparnasse Station takes about three hours.
AutomobilesThe drive from Paris to La Baule takes about four-and-a-half hours. You’re unlikely to need a car during your stay unless you plan to explore more of Brittany.