|Airport|| 70 || km |
At the beach; Holiday Park; Among nature
<p>Vendée is an excellent holiday destination with its 240 km of beaches and exceptional sunshine (2600 hours per year). First, there's the "Vendée blue" with the islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier, a variety of water activities, small fishing ports and salt marshes where you can see the salt workers carrying on their traditional craft...Then there's "Vendée green" with its lush forests of oak and maritime pines, the Marais de Potevin also called "the Green Venice", the wealth of the hinterland with its castles, abbeys and mills telling the story of the Vendée...
The resort offers many activities for your holiday enjoyment: horse riding, sailing, diving, surfing, hiking and cycling. There's an 18 hole golf course in Saint Jean de Monts which is one of the most beautiful golf courses on the Atlantic coast.
Places worth visiting include: Noirmoutier Island (40km) with its castle dating from the 12th century and its archaeological exhibitions (open all year); Island of Yeu (boat departures from Saint Gilles Croix de Vie); the salt marsh de Riez (open from 15/06 to 15/09); the salt road with boat to Sables d'Olonne; the zoological park of Sables d'Olonne; the Automobile Museum in Talmont Saint Hilaire; the Ecomuseum of Bourrine which is a typical Vendean dwelling (open all year round); the Museum of the Shell (open all year round). You can take a perfumed walk through flowers and animations in the Olfacties Garden or visit the beautiful castles of Apremont (20km, open from 30/03 to 15/09), the castle of Richard Coeur de Lion-Talmont St Hilaire (open from 30/03 to 15/09, medieval reenactments from 01/07 to 30/08) and the castle of Guignardiere with its park of 86 hectares (open every Sunday of the year; from 01/06 to 30/09 open every day). Children will enjoy the Leisure Center of the Vallées with its slides, mini-golf, outdoor games (open the week-end in May / June and every day in July / August ).
There's a market every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, plus Wednesday and Saturday afternoons during the high season and every Tuesday and Saturday mornings during the off season.</p>