The northern coast nonetheless has proof of fortifications left by the German military, which constructed up a so-called Atlantic Wall to attempt to keep at bay Allied Forces.
On the Breton coast, in Saint-Pabu, concrete bunkers are half-buried alongside the sandy seashores in an space that was as soon as operated as a radar station.
Serge Colliou purchased up a plot of land round one in all them and spent 18 months restoring and renovating the 400-square-metre construction. Colliou then turned it right into a rental house, full with bar and lounge that caters for as much as eight individuals.
“We tailored (the bunker) whereas preserving a sure really feel,” Colliou mentioned.
“We wished to present the constructing a second life, so we’re not going to stay prior to now ceaselessly. We saved some features, you recognize the place you’re, there are historic cues, however this is not a museum both.”
Bunker L479 comes full with added war-time touches, together with helmets, copy weapons and indicators on the partitions.
Because it opened a yr in the past, the rental house has accommodated each German and French visitors, Colliou mentioned.
Through the years, some mayors have tried to take away bunkers and different stays from the shoreline, in case they’re a hazard to swimmers.
Others in numerous French areas, similar to Saint-Nazaire, La Rochelle and Brest have taken steps to revive the historic websites.
“We’re beginning to protect these well-known bunkers and it’s a good factor, however we can’t save all of them,” mentioned Herve Farrant. Farrant is a bunker specialist and writer who started to discover the constructions within the Nineteen Eighties.
It comes as one other quirky vacation vacation spot for historical past buffs hits the market within the UK.
A five-storey windmill dates back to the 18th century and is located equal distance from Windsor Citadel and Buckingham Palace for visits to the royal households.
The windmill is obtainable on AirBnB from simply £140 per evening.