Experience Le Croisic
Perched at the end of the Guérande peninsula, Le Croisic port looks out to the Pointe de Pen Bron and the Grand-Traict inlet, a maritime gulf which irrigates the salt marshes. In the 16th century, the town prospered under proud shipowners, pilots, merchants and captains to whom it owes its architectural charm. It harbours an active fishing industry to this day – fish and shellfish are still unloaded onto the town’s quays. Pleasure boating has also entered the scene amid its development as a tourist resort.
A port bathed in a multifaceted past
Mindful of not relying solely on salt, the town expanded its maritime trade by branching out into cod and sardine fishing. On arrival, boats from all over Europe tossed their ballast of stones overboard to make room for their cargo. These ballasts have formed the artificial mounds of Mont Lénigo and Mont Esprit which, today, provide lovely views over the harbour. This industrial prosperity is evident in the half-timbered houses around the inner harbour and the tall 17th-century residences lining the quays with dressed stone walls. After all the hustle-and-bustle of the port, take an invigorating walk along the Tréhic jetty, which extends out to sea over more than 800 metres!