La Turballe is a small community at the Atlantic Ocean. While traditionally part of Brittany, it is now part of Loire-Atlantic. It is close to Guérande, the community known for its salt marshes and harvest of sea salt.
La Turballe was dominated in the past by fishing as demonstrated with this place mat.
La Turballe is still known for its sardines and its little port has beside the leasure section still an active port for fishing.
However, it seems that nowadays, at least in summer, it is dominated by tourism. Before we start, get your equipment:
Though it was one of the first days of real summer, after a mainly grey June, I was surprised that the beach was not that frequented.Join me on a walk along the beach, enjoy the sound of the waves (use your imagination), the sunshine and activites on the beach.
And beach life is perfect for a great day of grandfathers with their grandsons and introducing them to fishing.
The beach life is certainly enjoyable and many rather new houses are close to the beach: just a hop after breakfast and you are at the beach. However, what made the walk through the new settlement feel strange is that it largely looks like a ghost village. Most houses have closed shutters and it seemed that temporary inhabitants have not yet returned for their summer vacation. The dark side of touristic development.