Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, the ideal holiday destination!
On the Côte de Lumière, Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is one place that’s not to be missed during your campsite stay in the Vendée: welcoming and always lively, it’s the ideal seaside resort for your summer holiday! With its beaches, cycle tracks and hiking trails, you’ll find an incredible range of outdoor activities. And if all that isn’t enough for you, why not head out to sea and visit the Île d’Yeu, only an hour by boat from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie!
To recharge the batteries and enjoy luxury accommodation, stay at one of our Sandaya campsites in the Vendée: they’re waiting to welcome you to a fully-equipped cottage or tree-planted camping pitch. Before setting off to discover the surrounding area, make the most of all the on-site activities: bathing and relaxation in the heated swimming pools of the water park, sports tournaments on the multisports ground, free entertainment for the kids... Your Sandaya campsite has all you could possibly want!
Visit Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie with the family
A sought-after seaside resort in the Vendée, Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is particularly appreciated for its range of watersports designed for all the family. And it has to be said that with its generous levels of sunshine and its beaches protected by sand dunes, the conditions could hardly be better! Set your heading for the Grande Plage and its watersports club to try your hand for the first time, or kick back as you marvel at the kite-surfers and their amazing aerial ballet.
Ready to continue the adventure, then why not go exploring by bike? A gentle pedal takes you to the village of Saint-Révérend where you can visit a fascinating mill, the Moulin des Gourmands, in the company of a veritable miller. On-site, a farm, a maze and a playground for the children will complete your educational visit with the family. Finally, it’s back to the campsite to enjoy a well-deserved rest!
Visit Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie as a couple
One thing you might not know about Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is that its development was closely linked to the humble sardine. In fact its fishing port still remains one of the busiest on the Atlantic coast! Fascinated by the town’s rich heritage and the history behind its favourite fish? You can discover all there is to know at the Atelier de la Sardine. This authentic cannery is home to a museum, an exhibition area and a shop where you’ll find a host of attractive souvenirs to take home, permanent reminders of your stay in the Vendée.
And to enjoy a romantic outing à deux, set sail for the Île d’Yeu just offshore from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. An island that is truly on a human scale, it’s easy to explore on foot or by bike to discover all its treasures: the Vieux-Château, the village of Saint-Sauveur, the Les Soux beach... you won’t be able to resist falling in love!
Camping Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie: our handy tips for a successful stay
Try your hand at beach foraging! Shrimping net in hand and the treasures of the foreshore are yours for the picking: mussels, clams, winkles... Yummy!
Travelling with up-and-coming detectives? Discover the treasure trails offered by the Tourist Office and have even more fun as you explore the town!
Rendezvous at the foot of the Tour Joséphine, a lighthouse built in 1850. Then make sure you walk all the way around it; the locals say it brings good luck!
Fancy a spot of greenery after your trip along the shoreline? Explore the Pays-des-Monts forest and its innumerable discovery trails!