Pornic is a town of 13,600 inhabitants located in the Loire-Atlantique departement. The commune encompasses the villages of Sainte-Marie-sur-Mer and Clion-sur-Mer. On the Atlantic coast, it is famous for its castle and its ancient port. Indeed, the name of the town came from its Gallo-Roman name, « Porniti ». Its principal ressources are tourism and sea products. Beside the beautiful beaches it possesses, Pornic is also famous for its casino, its earthenware factory, its spa centre, its 18-hole golf course and its strawberry field.
Pornic stands on the Côte de Jade in the Bourganeuf bay and its rocky coast is scattered with coves. The town grew around its port, built at the foot of a beautiful castle, on the banks of the Canal de la Haute Perche. Formerly, the commune of Pornic was pretty small and comprised only the current centre. Sainte-Marie-sur-Mer was the present western part of the commune and Clion-sur-Mer represented essentially the current hedged farmlands from north to the east. Today, Pornic represents one of the four largest communes of Loire-Atlantique.
Its history, constituent of its identity, is mixed with the one of the whole Bretagne. Indeed, Pornic is a part of what is today called the historical Bretagne. During the 10th century, a duke of Bretagne erected a stronghold in the valley of Pornic to protect the town from the Vikings. After, it became one of the residences of Gilles de Rais, more ominously famous under the name of Bluebeard (who became the main character of one of Perrault’s tale).
Pornic became a well-known sea resort during the 19th century. This facilitated the arrival of the train already in 1875. At this time, many artists liked to spend time in this sea resort. It was the case for the writers Gustave Flaubert or Robert Browning, but also for numerous painters such as Renoir inspired by Pornic and its charming surroundings.
Pornic is a highly appreciated sea resort with 45% of the whole properties being second homes. Thus, it is an expensive town of the Loire-Atlantique, as it is also the case for the other coastal ones. The good news is that a drop in prices occurs since January 2008. The prices decreased from €3,750/sq m to €3,250/sq m in April 2009. The prices now approach the national average which was around €3,200/sq m at the beginning of 2009. Generally, the kinf of properties that can be found in Pornic are detached houses with only 10% of apartments. Dwellings are usually large, with more than 60% of them comprising at least two bedrooms. Only 3% of the properties are studios.
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