Both a seaside resort and a nature resort, Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez is ideally located to discover the Vendée. With its exceptional sunshine rate, the Vendée is a popular destination for lovers of outdoor recreation and water sports: beaches, water sports resorts, hiking trails, mountain bike circuits and bike paths surround your campsite.
Many unusual activities can be discovered in the Vendée: sand yachting on the vast sandy expanses at low tide, seaplane flights, steam train rides, gyropod rides in the salt marshes or family hikes with donkeys. Unmissable tourist sites are also not to be missed: the Vendée aquarium, the Historial de Vendée museum, and of course the very famous Puy-du-Fou. Between the historical sites of the castle of Terre-Neuve or the abbey of Nieul-sur-L’Autise, and the natural sites of Noirmoutier or the island of Yeu, the Vendée has not finished surprising you. Enjoy the fine sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean on the Vendée coastline to practice water activities and water sports in the Pays de la Loire.
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Take the legendary passage of the Gois to explore the island of Noirmoutier, between the Bay of Bourgneuf and the open Atlantic. Discover the natural wealth of the Barbâtre pine forest, the Sebastopol polder and the dune strips that line the 7 km of fine sand beaches.
A park not to be missed in the Vendée, with its breathtaking shows, its large-scale historical reconstructions and its period villages. A site to discover in one day at least, while enjoying the mythical Cinescénie in the evening.
A treasure of the Vendée which allows you to discover both an ancestral know-how and natural areas with a very rich biodiversity. The marshes can be visited on foot, by bike or by boat, sometimes even on horseback, with the possibility of observing a rare ornithological fauna. Discover the profession of salt worker through guided tours and demonstrations of salt harvesting!
The destination does not lack attractions, between its marshes, its zoological park, its museum of modern art and its picturesque district of the Penotte Island decorated with a multitude of mural frescoes in shells and mosaics.
Among the must-sees, don’t miss the fishing port and its fish market, the saltworks, the blockhouse museum or the shell museum.
Dive into the history of the island of Yeu by discovering the heritage of its 23 km2 of land: menhirs and dolmens which testify to an ancient occupation, then lighthouses, mills, the medieval site, the citadel and the small ports. Don’t miss the fishing museum as well as the remarkable natural spaces of the island: its beaches, its wild coast, its classified moors and its dune coast.
The shoreline of the former island of Rié, the Corniche Vendéenne stretches from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie to the beach of Sion on the territory of Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez. The part of the cornice on the Saint-Hilaire side has been classified since 1929. A walk on the coastal path which criss-crosses the cornice is an opportunity to come across geological curiosities such as the Devil’s Hole or the rocks of the Cinq Pineaux.
Its kilometers of canals shaded by alders and willows make the Green Venice of the Poitevin marshes a unique and refreshing site. The boat trip in the marsh can be done on your own or with a guide who will help you to observe the precious fauna and flora of the place.
Former property of Gilles de Rais, the castle of Tiffauges is shrouded in mystery and legend. You can also discover medieval war machines in action and enjoy a rich program of animations and shows for all ages.
Between land and sea, the culinary heritage of the Vendée is very rich. The oyster route will allow the amateurs to taste the seafood at the oyster farmers between marshes and ocean. Among the local products to discover in the Vendée are the unavoidable braided brioche, the sardine of Saint-Gilles, the mussels of bouchot, the prefous, the mogettes, or the famous Bonnotte of Noirmoutier. Salt is of course the white gold of the Vendée.
Discover the Vendée from the water by embarking on a short or longer cruise from Port-la Vie in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, the port of Les Sables d’Olonne, the port of Jard-sur-Mer, Port Bourgenay or the island of Yeu!