Choose gites in Loire Atlantique for a French holiday by the sea. The Atlantic coastline offers everything from the golden sandy beaches at La Baule to working fishing ports like Pornic. The area is famous for salt production and seafood is a speciality with scallops, sardines and oysters all fished locally. A gite with a BBQ is ideal for grilling fresh sardines – so delicious with a glass of crisp local Muscadet. Make sure you take the time to visit Nantes, the largest city in the region. There are plenty of historic buildings, shops, restaurants and attractions including the famous mechanical elephant at Les Machines de l'Ile.