Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie

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TownSaint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie
Insee code85222
Postcode85800
Latitude46.6977770
Longitude-1.9445290
AltitudeFrom 0 to 28 meters
Surface10.25 km²
Population7492 inhabitants
Density730 inhabitants/km²

CLOSEST CITIES & TOWNS

National labelsSaint-Hilaire-de-Riez at 2.5 km
Chief townLa Roche-sur-Yon (at 45 km, 48 min)Le Fenouiller at 4 km
DepartmentVendéeGivrand at 5.5 km
RegionPays de la LoireSearch another town

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TOWN PRESENTATION

  • Classified seaside resort, fishing port famous for its sardines, with its marina in the heart of the city, Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie has kept the charm and authenticity of a fishing village. Located in the Atlantic coast, along the Coast of Light, it is appreciated for its lifestyle, its water sports, beaches and entertainment, it has always been an ideal place to stay with family or friends.
  • History of the station:
  • From its inception as the Sidunum by a colony Marseilles, the city has built its history thanks to the ocean. Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is rapidly expanding and its port is flourishing. Vessels hundred tons are unloaded skins and fish to stock up on salt or wheat. On this side of the river, along the pier and along the main street (now rue Torterue), lined with beautiful houses housing officials, officers, owners ...
  • On April 16, 1622, Louis the 13th an army of 7,000 men massacred at a place called "the tower Josephine" Protestants in 2500 commanded by Prince Soubise.
  • A Cross of Life, appeared in 1600, agglutinate fishermen whose modest buildings are surrounded by the waves. Here come the Moors introduced settle the net law, which allows you to take sardines. In the 18th century, the little blue fish abounds on the coast. There is then a change in the fleet and the arrival of many canneries. The port of Croix de Vie, becoming the first sardine port in France in the 1970s.
  • From the 60s, the city in a new way interferes with the pleasure that develops. The look of visionary projects in the manufacture of boats, will be enforcing this new leisure port in the landscape.
  • Today Port Life has a capacity for over 1000 boats.
  • From the Christianization of the 9th Sidunum by the monks of Saint Gilles du Gard to the unification of Saint Gilles Croix de Vie and Life in 1967, stories of this maritime city all have originality and interest.
  • Drink:
  • The specialty of the station is primarily sardines Label Rouge, caught off the coast gillocruciennes, and is even being honored by his own brotherhood.
  • There is also the préfou (bread with garlic butter), the Troussepinette of the strike or cake that will delight the taste buds of gourmets!

SIGHTSEEING

  • The Sardine is in the box. Video, exhibition, tasting ... Through the video the Sardine is in the box, discover the amazing journey of sardines, Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie emblem: its fishing, its selection, its preparation and canning canning in the last Vendée. Flatter your appetite by tasting the canned products!
  • The Fisherman's House: Discover inside a fisherman's house from the 1920s, with its furniture, utensils, and vintage clothing. Exhibition hall with video and temporary exhibitions on the world of fishing and local life. Open April to September.
  • The Rimajures - Space Simon Henry: Former studio of Vendée, Henry Simon, Bourrine became an exhibition space and memory to appreciate the artist's work. It is also a relaxing moment to share in gardens and in the shop dedicated to the painter. Open April to October.
  • Water sports: Boating Station fame, whether sailing, surfing, sand yachting, or cruising ... Learn about the sports center with water.
  • Visa - Life: Guided tours of 1:30 on the river "La Vie". From March to November.
  • Sea Fisheries: From April to September, embark on a half-day and sample the joys of fishing in the sea!
  • House of Writers of the Sea: This site offers a literary library and reading room dedicated to maritime literature. Face off, it is also an exhibition space to meet the seafaring adventurers. Open on weekends or longer depending on season.
  • The Little Foams: Walks in miniature boats on the river Jaunay. From April to September.
  • Strolls trails: Several excursions lead on foot from the station can be offered! Seaside, old neighborhoods, rocky coast ... there's something for everyone.
Detailed information
TransportTrain station of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie
Information pointsTourist Office of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie
Leisure centresBeach of Boisvinet,   Big Beach of Saint-Gilles Croix de Vie,   Casino Royal Concorde,   Marina la Vie

EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS

  • May-June:
  • International Jazz Festival the weekend of Pentecost.
  • Festival of Street Arts "The Surge of Spring" on the weekend of the Ascension.
  • Exhibition-Fair the weekend of the Ascension.
  • July-August:
  • Loire Wine Fair on the penultimate weekend of July.
  • Day of the Sardine on the last weekend of July.
  • Fish Festival the first weekend of August.
  • Port Festival the second weekend of August.
  • The Village of Tastes and Traditions of the last weekend of August.
  • September:
  • Triathlon.
  • November:
  • Show Gourmand weekend of All Saints.

ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND

In Canton Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie:

  • Visits:
  • Salt Marshes of Life in Saint-Hilaire-de-Laugh.
  • Bourrine Wood Juquaud Saint-Hilaire-de-Laugh.
  • Rose Garden in St. Reverend Vendee.
  • Moulin des Gourmands St. Reverend.
  • Vendee Thumbnail Brétignolles-sur-Mer.
  • Tannery Bocquier in Commequiers.
  • Garden Olfacties to Coëx.
  • Rigonneries Garden in Saint-Hilaire-de-Laugh.
  • Recreation:
  • Bike Rail Commequiers.
  • Bowling lasergame in Saint-Hilaire-de-Laugh.
  • Accrobranche in Saint-Hilaire-de-Laugh.
  • Water Park in Saint-Hilaire-de-Laugh.
  • Parking Games to Brem-sur-Mer and Saint-Hilaire-de-Laugh.
  • The canoe outings Chaize-Giraud.
  • Riding in St. Reverend.
  • Karting / Quad Holy Reverend and Saint-Hilaire-de-Laugh.
  • Paintball in St. Reverend and Saint-Hilaire-de-Laugh.
  • Tennis.
Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Accrobranche Explora Parc in the dune forestSports sensationsFrom 10 € to 21 €Saint-Jean-de-Monts (14.8 km)
Jet ski trip at Sables d’OlonneSports sensationsFrom 110 € to 260 €Les Sables-d'Olonne (25 km)

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PHOTOS

Sunset LifeSunset Life
 
Creative Flower beds each seasonCreative Flower beds each season
Marina - Port LifeMarina - Port Life
 
Fishing boat returning to portFishing boat returning to port
Great beach view from the belvedereGreat beach view from the belvedere
 
Saint-Gilles, sardine portSaint-Gilles, sardine port
Pier de la GarennePier de la Garenne
 
Great off-season beachGreat off-season beach
Entrance Channel ports of Saint-GillesEntrance Channel ports of Saint-Gilles
 
Sand yachtingSand yachting
fishing port and fish marketfishing port and fish market
 
Shuttle YeuShuttle Yeu
English Canon 24-inch, 1747, at the entry portsEnglish Canon 24-inch, 1747, at the entry ports
 
panels will explain the history of the citypanels will explain the history of the city
Chenal de Saint-Gilles, input portsChenal de Saint-Gilles, input ports
 
Altar of the Church of St. Gilles, the Last SupperAltar of the Church of St. Gilles, the Last Supper
Stained seventeenth, religious war in the VendéeStained seventeenth, religious war in the Vendée
 
choir, apse and altar of the Church of St. -Gilleschoir, apse and altar of the Church of St. -Gilles
exhibitions photos on walks and piersexhibitions photos on walks and piers
 
Small beaches very nice!Small beaches very nice!
Channel ports and entryChannel ports and entry
 
On the way to the ledgeOn the way to the ledge
Church of Croix-de-Vie nineteenthChurch of Croix-de-Vie nineteenth
 
Window of the Church of the Cross -de-Vie, 1793 Revolutionary WarWindow of the Church of the Cross -de-Vie, 1793 Revolutionary War
Window of the church Croix de Vie, St VincentWindow of the church Croix de Vie, St Vincent
 
Saint-Gilles and its great beach to the pierSaint-Gilles and its great beach to the pier

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RESTAURANTS

 
French cuisine restaurantLa Villa Porteau  
9
  SPECIAL OFFER
Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez
HOT SPOT VENDÉEN - La Villa Porteau the contemporary mania for perfection and Ocean. Deco modern workshop and anthracite gray and orange tones, it swings on the beach! TRADITIONAL COOKING...
Located 1.3 km from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie28 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLa Chaumière
Saint-Jean-de-Monts
SEASIDE - Want to discover the Vendée coast? In Saint-Jean-de-Monts, between Les Sables d'Olonne and Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, the hotel restaurant welcomes you La Chaumière for a...
Located 8 km from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie22 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLa Grand'Roche  
9.1
Bretignolles-sur-Mer
Penaud family welcomes you in a friendly in their restaurant with splendid views over the sea If you want to enjoy the sea air, sit on the terrace! In the kitchen, Mr. Sheepish, Chef,...
Located 10.8 km from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie44 € per person 

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BED & BREAKFASTS

 
Villa with 2 bedroomsCap l'ocean    
9.1
Le Fenouiller
Cottages with all comforts near the beach and shops. On site: heated pool, playground, ping pong, barbecue, etc...
Located 1.7 km from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-VieFrom 67 € to 70 € the double room 
Pavillon with 2 bedroomsChemin des granges    
9.7
Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie
In seaside resort, rent, bed and breakfast '- On the first floor with separate entrance, in house with enclosed garden with automated gate: - 2 bedrooms for 4 people with 140 bed, separated...
Located in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie55 € the double room 
House with 5 bedroomsLa petite chatelaine    
9.8
Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez
The little lady is a bourgeois style house in a hundred years we renovate 1km500 It is located about from the ocean, especially Zion ocean resort of Saint Hilaire de Riez. We offer...
Located 3.1 km from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-VieFrom 75 € to 100 € the double room 

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VACATION RENTALS

 
House for 3 personsMaison de pêcheur
Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie
Fisherman's house on a quiet street in the old St Gilles. Closed sheltered from the wind and looks Court. 2 bikes at your disposal.
Located in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-VieFrom 390 € to 490 € per week 
House for 10 personsLes Brûlis
Le Fenouiller
Between land and sea in three minutes from the beach and 5 minutes from golf, one kilometer from supermarkets in the quiet large fir, coming out of town.
Located 5.4 km from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-VieFrom 1600 € to 2400 € per week 
Apartment for 5 personsAppart les pieds dans l'eau  
10
  SPECIAL OFFER
Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez
Very nice apartment fully equipped, comfortable. Located 150 m from the beach Seagulls monitored in high season 200 m from shops bar, pub, restaurants, tobacco / bookshop. super u,...
Located 8 km from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-VieFrom 220 € to 500 € per week 

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CAMPSITES

 
79 places over 1,5 haCamping la padrelle    
8.8
Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez
At 100 m from a patrolled beach, 5 minutes from both cities and 1.5 km from an urban center, the Camp Padrelle rest in the traditional spirit for family holidays and relaxing. Pitches...
Located 2.2 km from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-VieFrom 14 € to 17.50 € per day 
224 places over 4,3 haCamping Le California  
Saint-Jean-de-Monts
In a 4.3 ha pinewood, sheltered by the dune, find how nice it is to Wake up with birds singing. Le Camping Le California is a place that can provide you successful holidays.
Located 7.1 km from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-VieFrom 17.50 € to 25 € per day 
380 places over 7,5 haCamping Les Genêts  
Saint-Jean-de-Monts
Camping Club under the pines. At 800 m from the sandy beaches and shops, our campsite offers a wide range of activities and modern facilities. The highlight: a 600 m ² spa pool! A complete...
Located 8.2 km from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-VieFrom 32 € to 42 € per day 

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HOTELS

Edena - Hotel in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-VieEdena     
8.5
Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie
Located 900 metres from the beach in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, this hotel features guestrooms. The indoor and outdoor swimming pools are at guests’ disposal. The Wi-Fi and a private...
Located in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-VieRoom from 108 €
Le Ker Louis - Hotel in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-VieLe Ker Louis     
7.5
Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie
Set opposite the sea in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, this hotel is just a 2-minute walk from the town centre. It offers free Wi-Fi access and an onsite bar. The rooms at Le Ker Louis...
Located in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-VieRoom from 72 €
Le Ceïtya - Hotel in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-VieLe Ceïtya     
8.8
Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie
The Hotel Le Ceitya is located in the heart of the city near the train station, the harbour, the casino and the area beaches. All of the guestrooms have been recently renovated and...
Located in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-VieRoom from 66 €

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Best Western Spa Atlantic Thalasso
Situated 300 metres from a long sandy beach, this hotel overlooks St Jean-de-Monts Golf Course. Guests have free access to the thalassotherapy centre with...
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