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La Baule Office de tourisme
8, Place de la Victoire, BP 161 La Baule
44504

Tel:+33 (0)2 40 24 34 44
Fax:+33 (0)2 40 11 08 10

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La Baule is situated between Le Pouliguen and Pornichet on the east coast of the Loire Atlantique.  It's an impressive stretch of coastline and home to over 50 beaches, quaint fishing villages, marinas and salt marshes directly to the north. 

La Baule was once called Escoublac - a tiny village that was destroyed by a tidal storm in 1779.  The village was rebuilt on firmer soil but the dunes that backed the village were still liable to tidal flooding.  The only inhabitants brave enough to live here were customs officers who nicknamed the village 'la Bole' which means coastal flatlands or fenlands susceptible to flooding.  Escoublac later became as 'La Baule' stabilised by pine trees that now border the beaches. 

Water sports enthusiasts will love it here - jet skiing, scuba and sailing are just some of the activities on offer.  In fact, most sports are catered for.  There are also historic points of interest including the 18th-century church or Eglise Saint-Pierre d'Escoublac.  A guided tour by bike (organised by the tourist information centre) of some of the luxurious villas will provide an interesting insight into the wealthy upper classes that frequented La Baule at the turn of the century.

What to See - La Baule Attractions

Le Croisic
West of La Baule on peninsula, Le Croisic
A quaint fishing village home to 17th-century ship builders

Ecole de Golf Pornichet

Golf school offering individual or group lessons or simply a round of golf
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)2 40 15 37 55

Presqu'ile Bowling
10, avenue Gustave Flaubert, Zac de Kerbiniou, Guerande 44350
A bowling centre with 14 lanes and a restaurant
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 40 88 09 89

Casino Barriere de la Baule
24, esplanade Lucien Barriere, BP 108, La Baule 44500
Over 200 fruit machines to play on here with roulette, poker and black-jack available
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 40 11 48 28

Relais Thalasso La Baule
28, boulevard de l'Ocean, La Baule 44500
One of the first French spas to appear in the early 1970s with a wide range of treatments available
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)8 20 90 32 44

Hatha-Yoga
Salle Omnisports, Place des Salines, La Baule 44500
Yoga lessons concentrating on breathwork to reduce stress
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 40 60 22 89

Atlantic Jet Evasion
Port de la Baule - Le Pouliguen, Quai d'Inverness, La Baule 44500
Rent your jet skis here - lessons also available
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)6 19 54 66 78

CASCA
82 bis, avenue des Salines, La Baule 44500
Guided Scuba diving trips or lessons
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Call to arrange | Tel: +33 (0)6 20 44 87 19

Base Nautique des Dauphins
Entre av. Pierre Percee, Roche Mouettes, La Baule 44500
Sailing school which also organises activities for children from 3yrs up
| Admission charge | Opening Times: April to Oct | Tel: +33 (0)2 40 42 01 62

Manege des Platanes et Poney Club
25, avenue A. Louis, La Baule 44500
Riding school with guided tours of surrounding forests and beaches
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 40 60 37 37

Cinema le Gulf Stream
52, avenue du General de Gaulle, La Baule 44500
All cinema rooms equipped with Dolby surround sound
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)8 92 68 06 14

Briere National Park
117 ile de Fedrun, BP3 Saint-Joachim, 44720
The 2nd largest National Park in France and home to some rare bird species
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)2 40 91 68 68