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The Country of Saint Gilles Cross of Life

Your holidays in the Pays de Saint Gilles Croix de Vie in Vendée (85)

The Country of Saint-Gilles Croix de Vie brings together the municipalities of Saint Hilaire de Riez, Saint-Gilles Croix de Vie, Brétignolles sur mer and Brem sur Mer. Nature, history, fishing, landscapes: you will enjoy ! In the Pays de Saint-Gilles Croix de Vie there is something to feed all the curiosities!

Beach side

Are you more of a beach person? Good pick ! For you: 32 kilometers of coastline: fine sandy beaches, coves and rocky foreshore for shore fishing enthusiasts!

  • The closest beaches to the Domaine de l'Auzance campsite are those of Bretignolles sur mer: 13 km in one piece, 10 minutes on foot or by bike and accessible to cars in the blink of an eye! If you are on a family holiday, Normandelière beach could well be ideal. Meeting point for water sports enthusiasts (sailing club), the beach is supervised from June to mid-September and accessible to people with reduced mobility (Tiralo).

Side visits

Do you like discovering local traditions, visiting museums? Some ideas for your holidays in Vendée!

  • La Bourrine du Bois Juquaud (Saint Hilaire sur Riez – 02 51 59 94 07). 20 km from the campsite, visit this eco-museum village and discover the daily life of market gardeners in the marshes at the beginning of the 20th century. A place to discover while strolling through the village, a multimedia space, an exhibition space and lots of activities offered by the friends of the site. Cycling and walking routes will take you to the site.


  • The House of Sea Writers in Saint Gilles Croix de Vie with a library of authors influenced by the world of the sea, reading room, exhibition space at the entrance to the port, facing the sea! 02 51 98 55 04 or 06 89 20 83 19


  • the Fisherman's House (Saint Gilles Croix de Vie) takes you back to the beginning of the 20th century. Open from April to September.


  • La Vendée miniature (Bretignolles sur mer - 02 51 22 47 50): discover this beautiful region in 1/10th scale: steam locomotive, 650 characters...


  • The salt marshes. Let yourself be disoriented by the marshes of the Pays de Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, located on the right bank of the La Vie river. Abandoned in the 70s, then transformed into fish ponds, the salt marshes have now regained their function and are an integral part of the local economy. Guided site or free visit, go to the Saline du Recoin 81 route du sel (axis St Gilles Croix de Vie / St Hilaire de Riez, near the roundabout of the salt marshes). 06 81 97 39 84. Sel de Vie – salt marshes of the star, 87 salt road in Saint Hilaire de Riez – 06 15 74 26 81

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the whole family