A transatlantic port...
Saint Nazaire, ideally located on the Atlantic coast, was once a small village full of fishermen and pilots, but became Nantes' outer harbour in the 19th century.
From 1862 transatlantic crossings to central America departed from Saint Nazaire contributing to the development of maritime trade and naval construction.
Today Saint Nazaire is one of the international leaders of cruise ship construction : Le Normandie, Le France and more recently the Queen Mary 2 were built here.
Travel through the history and legends of the most famous transatlantic liners by climbing on board the Escal'Atlantic, the only museum-cruise ship in Europe.
Saint Nazaire also boasts 20 beaches: Porcé, Bonne Anse, l'Eve, les Jaunais, la Courance... large, south-facing sandy beaches with coves sheltered by pine trees and holm oaks.