Wind : 20 km/h
Enjoy all the assets of St Gilles Croix de Vie during your next camping holidays in Vendée. Discover one of the most active fishing harbours on the Atlantic coastline and a friendly, family sea resort.
Choose St Gilles Croix de Vie for your camping holidays and enjoy the benefits of « life by the sea ».
The campsites of St Gilles Croix de Vie and its surroundings await you in a very popular sea resort of the Vendée coastline. In Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie of course but also in L'Aiguillon-sur-Vie, Brem-sur-Mer, Saint-Julien-des-Landes, Bretignolles-sur-Mer or in Givrand, in a mobile home, chalet, tent or motor home, come discover the joys and benefits of seaside holidays taking a deep breath of fresh air.
St Gilles Croix de Vie is THE perfect family destination thanks to its beaches, many water activities (surfing, kite-surfing, windsurfing, stand-up paddling, sea kayaking, sailing…), activities for children and grown-ups.
You'll also enjoy the wide open spaces and a gorgeous natural setting on the côte de lumière (« coast of light »), a perfect environment all year long for your hikes (on GR8 trail), horse or bicycle riding day outs.
Have you heard of the « corniche vendéenne » (ledge) which is labelled « site naturel remarquable » (remarkable natural site)? Explore it in Saint Hilaire de Riez and discover some local curios: « 5 Pineaux », 5 little isolated rocks; the « Trou du Diable » (devil's hole) and its legend; « rocher de Pilours » (Pilours rock), a curious small island accessible when the tide is low only. Finally, fall for the landscapes made of dune in La Garenne and Jaunay North and South of the river Vie, and for the peculiar atmosphere of the salt marshes in Brem sur Mer, Saint Hilaire or Brétignolles.
St Gilles Croix de Vie: a unique sea, harbour and food heritage in Vendée.
Sea resort St Gilles Croix de Vie is also famous for its important fishing harbour – around 100 active fishermen currently. It has been awarded a « Site Remarquable du Goût » label (remarkable food site) for the first time in France in 1998 for its sardines, a true local landmark.
Shrimps, salt and Brem wines labelled « AOC Fiefs Vendéens » since 2011 are other landmarks of the local gastronomy.
« Port la Vie », the 1,100 spot marina is perfectly integrated to the city thanks to a large pier that protects it from the ocean. It faces Île d’Yeu, « pearl of the Atlantic », which is absolutely mandatory sailing from St Gilles Croix de Vie April to October.
Finally, visit old Saint Gilles, Torterue street, the area named « la petite île » (little island) also named « quartier du Maroc » (Morocco neighbourhood), the « Maison du Pêcheur » museum (fisherman's house) and Tour Joséphine, oldest lighthouse in the harbour. Nearby, Grosse Terre lighthouse and « quartier de Sion sur l’Océan » in Saint Hilaire are also worth seeing.
For a family outing, direction Le Lac du Jaunay, hiking, water activities and discovering a preserved natural space await you. Jazz lovers simply cannot miss « Saint-Jazz-sur-Vie » international festival every year at Whitsun.
So, what are you waiting for? Head to the « coast of light », select your campsite in St Gilles Croix de Vie or nearby and get ready for refreshing, seaside vacations in Vendée between Saint Jean de Monts and Les Sables d’Olonne, at a short 90-minute drive from Puy du Fou medieval park.
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