La Baule

La Baule (sometimes known as “La Baule Escoublac”) is a coastal resort in Loire Atlantique, between the salt marshes of Guerande and the busy port of St Nazaire.


Yet the town did not exist at all before the end of the 19th century. The site was covered by shifting sand dunes, which in 1786 engulfed the village of Escoublac, and which by the end of the 19th century had nearly covered the ports of Pornichet and Le Pouliguen. Only the planting of large pine forests saved the whole area from disappearing, and all three villages are today completely recovered.

The arrival of the railway in the 1880s was the final ingredient for the creation of the new resort of La Baule, which today covers the whole bay.

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