When we talk about France, we did not only talk about Paris, Versailles or Disneyland. France is beyond all of these places. This summer, me and my husband had a chance to visit a town located on the west coast of France, in Brittany department (in French, Bretagne), which called Pénestin. We went there when we just experienced the hottest days in France during the canicule (heatwave) which has reached until 43 degrees.
I was surprised when I just arrived and set my feet at the train station in Saint Nazaire, the weather was much cooler, breezy windy and a bit of rain.
For your information, to get to Pénestin by train, you have to stop either in Saint Nazaire station or La Baule Escoublac station. La Baule Escoublac actually the closest one, 30 mins drive by car from Pénestin.
We stayed in a rented-house which were closed to the La Mine d’Or beach. It was very good, comfortable and close to all shopping centre, cafes and restaurants. The most important, it just walks 5 minutes away to go to the La Mine d’Or beach. No wonder we always went swimming on the beach.
Other ways, you can also do the camping and caravaning, there are several camping points where you can stay with your family and friends.
Also, there are plenty of choices of beach in Pénestin where you can access easily only by walk! Yes, by walk. It takes some times but it’s worth to visit. From the north to south at least there are more than 10 points of beach among others are; Loguy beach, Lomer beach, La Source beach, La Mine d’Or beach, Poudrantais beach, Loscolo beach, La Bile beach, Palandrin beach, Pont Mahe beach and more.
In Poudrantais beach, you can do kayak, surfing, sailing and kite-surfing. There is a place where you can rental things you want to do there to complete your holiday. Last time my husband was curious to try paragliding (parapente, in French), where you can starts from La Mine d’Or cliffs for 10 up to 30 minutes. If you are first-timer, there will be a guide who will join you in the same paragliding, so you will feel less scared.
My recommendation is trying to visit Pont-Mahe beach, you can feel the difference in the seawater there, which feel warmer than the other seas. And also went to La Bile beach where you can see plenty of mussels farming if the tide is low. Usually, people will hunt to catch other seafood, like the oyster, mussel, fishes on this island. So if you want to experience that too, better to prepare your own bucket.
Here are the sneak-peek from the first part of our summer vacation’s vlog in Pénestin, Brittany.
I really recommend you to visit this town during the summer holiday, moreover to escape from the heatwave!