Guérande Vacation Packages
Discover the history of the town of Guérande and visit its most precious buildings. Stroll through peaceful countryside and gaze across the sprawling salt fields gently sloping toward the ocean.
Guérande is recognizable for its high stone ramparts, constructed through the 14th and 15th centuries and stretching 4,700 feet (1,400 meters) around the town. The town’s position on a hill several miles inland of the Atlantic coast made it an important defensive point against attack by sea.
Today La Porte Saint-Michel, the most impressive of four gates, has a museum that tells the story of the wall’s creation and why it was seen as so necessary. Walk along the ramparts from here and enjoy fantastic views of the town.
Pass through the outer defenses to a network of narrow cobbled streets that add to the illusion of being transported back to medieval times. Buy handmade souvenirs at a craft shop or enjoy a delicious crêpe.
Superb heritage awaits at the Collegiate Church of Saint Aubin in the town center. Admire pillars and stone capitals preserved from the original Roman structure. Admire the fierce gargoyles on the exterior and exquisite stained-glass windows on the interior.
View the incredible selection of antique dolls and toys at the Musée de la Poupée et du Jouet Ancien. Head to the salt flats, a 5-minute drive southwest. These cover an area of 7 square miles (18 square kilometers) with approximately 330 tons (300 metric tons) of fleur de sel fine salt produced annually. Visit the Terre de Sel to learn about this vital industry and its impact on the area.
Guérande is part of northwest France’s Loire department. Participate in the medieval festival in June by dressing in old costume, eating freshly prepared food and trying traditional dancing.
Enjoy a truly genuine experience of French culture at Guerande.
Accommodation in Guerande
Although Guerande has no hotels or apartments listed on Expedia's long list of France hotels, visitors can base themselves in the Hôtel Barrière l'Hermitage or the Mercure La Baule Majestic in La Baule-Escoublac, which is 3 miles (5 kilometers) away. The Hotel La Concorde and the Hôtel des Dunes are another two popular choices in the budget range.