At 15 minutes away at the South of the famous beach of La Baule, located at the end of the river the Loire (the longest river in France), Saint-Nazaire is an industrial city par excellence.
Its industrial centers are many and of major interest. Thus we find: - The very large commercial port, - The submarine base, - The industrial center with the impressive facilities for the airplane A380, - Shipyards.
To help the visitors to understand the past, present & future issues of this city, many tours are organized in these focuses, and museums have also been created, such as: - Escal'Atlantic, - Eco-Museum, - The visit of the submarine Espadon (Swordfish).
At last, the city remembers and pays tribute to a dark period of the humanity with the memorial against the slavery located near the eco-museum.
To visit the city corretly and quietly, several days to a short week is better. It is also to be noted that the visits to Airbus factories and shipyards require a booking two weeks in advance (delay reduced to 2 days for European Union citizens). Disclaimer : The management team of the destination has the possibility to change the opening days and hours without prior communication.
Nazaire is a mutating city and intellectual opening and incitated curiosity are two main goals.
The bridge that crosses the estuary of the Loire is to really see.
Located in the Pays de la Loire, and more accurately in the department of Loire-Atlantique, Saint Nazaire is accessible from Nantes just taking the N165 then the N171 westbound along the Loire.