The coast is around 2 hours away depending where you go, but it is definitely well worth making the effort. There are some beautiful beaches, islands and villages to visit. Some of our favourites include :
Île d’Oleron and Île de Ré, both accessed via a bridge are quite large with lovely beaches and pretty places for a stroll. Île d’Aix (located between the two) is a magical small island reached by boat from Fouras. You can easily spend a day there with lovely walks, bars and shops. It even has its own brewery!
The fortified village of Brouage houses a variety of shops, bars and restaurants all within the interesting ramparts. It is very popular in the summer months.
Pornic is a pretty fishing village, 30 minutes from Nantes. There is a nice walk along the creek out to the beach and harbour. There are lots of bars and restaurants – the Strawberry shop with its lovely home-made ice cream is very popular! There are a number of larger resort style towns including La Rochelle with its lovely harbour, Royan and Sables d’Olonne.