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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie
Insee code85222
AltitudeFrom 0 to 28 meters
Surface10.25 km²
Population7492 inhabitants
Density730 inhabitants/km²


National labelsSaint-Hilaire-de-Riez at 2.8 km (6 min)
Chief townLa Roche-sur-Yon (at 45 km, 48 min)Le Fenouiller at 4.9 km (9 min)
DepartmentVendéeGivrand at 6.6 km (12 min)
RegionPays de la LoireSearch another town


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  • 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!


  • 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


  • 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.


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
Renting a Jet Ski in Les Sables d' Olonne Sports sensationsFrom 110 € to 260 €Les Sables-d'Olonne (25 km)

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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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French cuisine restaurantLa Villa Porteau  
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-Vie26 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLa Chaumière
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  
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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House with 3 bedroomsCiel d'Ouest     NEW
3 modern and very well lit bedrooms. 400 m from the beach. 10' walk from City Centre. Open all year round.
Located in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-VieFrom 50 € to 100 € the double room 
Villa with 2 bedroomsCap l'ocean    
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    
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-Vie56 € the double room 

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House for 3 personsMaison de pêcheur
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 400 € to 500 € per week 
Villa for 10 personsLes Brûlis
Le Fenouiller
On a plot of 2000 sqm, in a pine forest, you will discover the charm and character of a calm and relaxing villa. We offer 2 rooms with 1 bed 160x200 and 3 rooms with 1 bed 140x200.3...
Located 5.4 km from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-VieFrom 1900 € to 2400 € per week 
Apartment for 5 personsAppart les pieds dans l'eau  
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 250 € to 520 € per week 

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79 places over 1,5 haCamping la padrelle    
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  
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 
141 places over 3 haCamping Domaine des Salins    
Imagine your next holiday in St Hilaire de Riez : a beautiful campsite, bordering forest, beach 800 m, shops within walking... Happiness at Domaine des Salins *** is the heated pool,...
Located 9.5 km from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-VieFrom 16.50 € to 26 € per day 

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Le Ker Louis - Hotel in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-VieLe Ker Louis     
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 62 €
Edena - Hotel in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-VieEdena     
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-Vie
La Sterne - Hotel in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-VieLa Sterne     
Offering an envied location in the centre of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, the good value Hotel La Sterne is the ideal choice to fully enjoy your stay at the sea side. Hotel La Sterne...
Located in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-VieRoom from 56 €

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Appart’Hotel Spa Atlantic Golf
Just 300 metres from Atlantic beaches, this residence has an outdoor, salt-water swimming pool with views of Saint-Jean de Monts Golf Course. Guests receive...
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