Beach? What Beach?

Melon + Pornic beach

I’ve been in Nantes for almost a year. This week I finished all exams for my year in Nantes and only have some days left here. It’s a sad feeling to leave this beautiful town but also looking forward to a new adventure in….Bucharest! But more on that later.

Rain in summer

So the summer has started here in Europe. However in Nantes, the definition of summer is big wind and lots of rain but since I only have a few days left here, my friends and I decided to go to a beach near Nantes called Pornic. I know I know the name doesn’t sound very beachy. We’ve been wanting to go there ever since September 2011, but because we’re extremely hard-working students who spend our precious hours at the library (OK, the last one is not true), we haven’t had the chance to visit the exotic-named beach.

After an hour bus drive, we got off and the first thing I said was “where’s the beach???”, my friend immediately shushed me, telling me to follow him through the very chic centre ville. Then after a while, it started raining. Sigh. A typical Pays de la Loire weather.

The rain stopped after 10 minutes then we walked to the beach. There are several beaches in Pornic, but we chose the one closest to the city centre. I saw a few boats on the way to the beach, I have to say the path leading to the beach is quite nice. Then my friend presented the beach. First reaction: no words. Second reaction: whaaaaattt???. Third reaction: where’s the coconut tree and most importantly WHERE IS THE SUN?

Stunning view

Well, what do you expect me to say? My idea of a beach is hot sun and sand with coconut drink vendors and ice cream parlour. Pornic is just not that kind of beach, in fact, dare I say, it was quite dull. Water was cold, wind was blowing and no sun.

We decided to have faith on the weather and sat down on the sand. After a while, the sun started to peek out and what…what…I was seeing people sunbathing and swimming! Really? In this weather?! And no it wasn’t a dream, people were actually swimming, like going inside the water to swim, with swimming suits! Pornic turned out to be fun after a bit of sun and eating melon (yes, we brought melon as our beach picnic food), until it started raining…again!

OH, I forgot to show you the beach

All in all, Pornic was definitely not my style of beach. I really hope that it gets better when the weather is warmer, I do think the beach has potential. What I love about Pornic is its seafood and La Fraiserie – a famous ice cream place with heavenly ice cream – and also its harbour.

Been to Pornic? Maybe you’ve been to the other beaches in “real summer weather”. Let me know!

If you would like to know how to get to Pornic from Nantes, post a comment below and I’ll get back to you.

11 Comment

  1. Emme Rogers @ Roamancing says: Reply

    I have to say, it does look beautiful and coming from Canada, the beach for me is not necessarily sunshine and palm trees, so this is one I’d be interested in exploring.

    I hope you get to do a bit more exploring before you return home.

    1. Hi Emme! Well, minus the rain and wind it was actually quite nice, although I didn’t exactly love it. But I have to say French old towns and boulangeries always have a special place in my heart and Pornic’s was really beautiful πŸ™‚

      Yes I hope so too! Nantes has really great places that I haven’t had the chance to visit πŸ™‚

  2. Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista says: Reply

    Pornic looks beautiful but I do understand your feeling of it not being a “beach”! I grew up in Southern California but my children were raised in Northern California. For years I kept saying the NorCal beaches were not beaches. They didn’t understand until we spent a vacation at Newport Beach in SoCal. Now they get it!

    1. I guess every beach has its own “thing” going on, look at Pornic’s harbour, it’s lovely. I still prefer the coconut trees-sun-hot type of beaches πŸ™‚ Newport Beach looks like my type of beach!

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  4. Sammie@luxurytoursperu says: Reply

    Funny, being from the north (in the US, but just across the lake from Canada) we will go to the Gulf of Mexico and swim even when it is 60 or 70 degrees outside–I guess it is all relative. Of course, there are coconut trees and lots of sun– plus those drinks with the little umbrellas….ahhh! I want to go there now.

    1. Hi Sammie, wow 60-70 degrees is still waaay too cold for me to swim but I guess it’s mostly because I’m used to tropical weather. I looove those drinks with the little umbrellas! Hope you get a visit to the beach soon! πŸ™‚

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  7. Hi,

    I am looking to go from Nantes to Pornic, could you please let me know how you got there?


    1. Hi Suman, I took a bus to Pornic from Nantes. The Lila Loire-Atlantique from Pirmil. Hope that’s useful!

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