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Saint-Nazaire Office de tourisme
Boulevard de la Legion d'Honneur, Base sous-marine Ville-Port
44613

Tel:+33 810 888 444
Fax:+33 (0)2 40 22 19 80

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Saint-Nazaire has been France's premier shipbuilding centre since 1860.  The Queen Mary II and the Sovereign of the Seas were built here along with other prestigious ocean liners.  A guided tour of the shipyard 'Aker Yards' provides an interesting insight into the industrial world of ship making. 

Saint-Nazaire's second claim to fame is Airbus A380 which is built (in conjunction with Airbus in Toulouse) on the outskirts of Saint-Nazaire.  Again, a guided tour of the factory is recommended.  Other noteworthy attractions include Espadon - a submarine that you can climb aboard.

Once you've finished visiting the essential top three attractions you may just want to kick back and relax on one of Saint-Nazaire's 20 beaches which start off flat and sandy and turn into rocky coves towards the headland.  The most popular beach is probably Saint-Marc-sur-Mer which was where Jacques Tati's film 'Monsieur Hulot's holiday' was filmed.  There are also some excellent coastal paths between Villes-Martin and Les Jaunais. 

Saint-Nazaire is home to the Loire estuary (France's largest river) and the bridge that crosses the river is spectacular (second only to the recently constructed Millau bridge in the Midi-Pyrenees) in terms of scale and elegance.  In fact, there's plenty of reasons to visit Saint-Nazaire.  You'll find megalithic dolmens, burial grounds that date back to 5000 BC and numerous parks, lakes and gardens.

What to See - Saint-Nazaire Attractions

The Mobile
Villes-Martin head, Saint-Nazaire
Sculpture by Peter Logan (British artist) which you'll either love or hate

Ecomusee de Saint-Nazaire
Avenue de Saint-Hubert, Saint-Nazaire 44600
Charts the history of shipbuilding in Saint-Nazaire and provides an insight into the lives of the men who built these colossal vessels
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 51 10 03 03

Escal'Atlantic
Base sous marine/Ville-Port Bvd de la legion, Bvd de la legion d'Honneur 44613
Hop onboard an international ocean liner and see what life was like on board for both crew and passengers
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 810 888 444

Sous-Marin Espadon
Quai des fregates, Ecluse fortifiee, Saint-Nazaire 44613
Visit the first French submarine to journey to the North Pole
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 810 888 444

Fort Villes-Martin
Rue Ferdinand Buisson, Saint-Nazaire 44613
Great views of the Loire afforded from this fort built in 1861

Chantiers Navals Aker Yards
Base sous marine, Bvd de la Legion d'Honneur, Saint-Nazaire 44613
A tour of the shipbuilding yards that build some of the world's huge transatlatic liners
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 810 888 444

Airbus
Base sous Marine, Bvd de la legion d'Honneur, Saint-Nazaire 44613
A guided tour of Airbus (where the A380 or largest passenger plane) is currently being constructed
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 810 888 444