Guérande (Fr. Guérande) is a commune in western France, located in the Loire-Atlantique department in historic Brittany and belonging to the Pays de la Loire region. Its urban part occupies the top of a hill which dominates a territory almost entirely surrounded by water, salt or fresh, called the Guérande peninsula. The history of the …More
Cognac (Fr. Cognac) is a commune in southwestern France, a sub-prefecture of the Charente department (Nouvelle-Aquitaine region). Its inhabitants are the Cognacais and the Cognacaises.
Cognac was a small village until the mid-tenth century. The oldest known mention of this city (under the name Comniacum) dates 1030. Cognac rapidly becomes a major centre of commercial activity …More
Arcachon (Fr. Arcachon) is a town in the southwest of France and a sub-prefecture of the Gironde department, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It was created in 1857 by a detachment of part of the municipality of La Teste-de-Buch.
It is a part of the area of the Pays de Buch, the Landes de Gascogne and the …More
Pornichet (Fr. Pornichet) is a commune in the Loire-Atlantique department in western France.
Pornichet became a municipality in 1900, from the territories of Saint-Nazaire and La Baule-Escoublac.
Located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, the city developed in the middle of the nineteenth century with seaside tourism, as evidenced in particular by its original villas, a …More
Saintes (Fr. Saintes) is a commune and historic town in western France, in the Charente-Maritime department of which it is a sub-prefecture, in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.
Because of its noteworthy Gallo-Roman, medieval and classical heritage, Saintes is a tourist destination and a member of the French Towns and Lands of Art and History since 1990.
Tourism and …More
Soulac-sur-Mer (Fr. Soulac-sur-Mer) is a town in the southwest of France, in the department of Gironde, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.
An integral part of the former province of Guyenne (north of Gascony), in the northern part of the Medoc peninsula, it falls within the perimeter of the Landes de Gascogne, the Landes woods, and in the …More
Jard-sur-Mer is a commune in the Vendée department in the Pays de la Loire region in western France.
Unlike noisy and crowded neighboring Les Sable d’Olonne calm Jard-sur-Mer with its wild beaches and a 350-hectare wooded area is good for kids, hiking and bicycles. The city also has a small port with bars, cafes, restaurants and …More
Noirmoutier-en-l’Île (Fr. Noirmoutier-en-l’Île), commonly referred to as Noirmoutier, is a commune located in the northern part of the island of Noirmoutier, just off the coast of the Vendée department in the Pays de la Loire region in western France.
The town extends over the northern part of the island of Noirmoutier, formed by a rocky islet …More
Bordeaux (Fr. Bordeaux) is a port city on the Garonne in the Gironde department in Southwestern France.
An integral part of cultural Gascony, Bordeaux is located at the crossroads of the Landes Forest and the Atlantic Ocean. The Romans planted vines on the banks of the Garonne and introduced vines from the Basque foothills. Bordeaux’s central …More
Les Sables-d’Olonne is a seaside town in Western France, on the Atlantic Ocean. A subprefecture of the department of Vendée, it has the administrative level of commune. On 1 January 2019, the municipalities of Olonne-sur-Mer, Château-d’Olonne and Les Sables-d’Olonne merged together, retaining the latter name.
It is also one of the major French seaside resorts on …More