Situated in Loire-Atlantique, around 20 kilometres from Nantes, Lac de Grand Lieu is the largest natural lake in France and covers 6,300 hectares.
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The largest natural lake in France
Situated in Loire-Atlantique, around 20 kilometres from Nantes, Lac de Grand Lieu is the largest natural lake in France and covers 6,300 hectares. It is an observation site for flora and fauna where families can see otters, black terns and grey heron. Walk or cycle along the 40km of paths around the lake for the best view. This haven of peace is a wonderful place and the second largest bird reserve in France after the Camargue. Up to now, 270 different species have been counted there.
At the heart of this incredible place, the Maison du Lac de Grand-Lieu is a discovery centre where you can learn about the exceptional eco-system of one of the finest wetlands in Europe, recognised for its biological richness.
Lots to discover
Visits are in three parts. First of all, there is an exhibition presenting the landscape, natural and historical heritage of Lac de Grand-Lieu. An entertaining display interspersed with interactive installations means you can learn while having fun. Next, it’s time to go and explore the lake itself along footpaths leading to the final part of the visit : the hunting lodge which originally belonged to the perfumer, Guerlain which has a unique view of the lake from its magnificent terrace.
How to get to Lac de Grand-Lieu ?
The lake is very easy to get to. It is about half an hour south of Nantes on the D178."