Discover boutique hotels in La Baule, France

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).

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When to go

The population of La Baule peaks in July and August each year, when many Parisians stay for weeks.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Nantes 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.
  • Trains

    SNCF trains pull into La Baule Escoublac station; the journey from Paris Montparnasse Station takes about three hours.
  • Automobiles

    The 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.