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Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Vendée

Saint-Hilaire, a name that we have to the monks of Saint-Cyprien de Poitiers, who settled first on the island of Rié which depended on the lordship of Garnache. Later, Marie de Beaucaire, Baronne de Rie, distributed some swamp land in the estuary of life into a parish. Thus was born Croix de Vie. You can see inside the old cemetery of Saint-Hilaire a small chapel was erected by the Baroness de Rie in 1610.

Perched on a hillside, the village of Saint-Hilaire once dominated orchards and salt marshes of life that were known for the production and quality of salt. This activity disappeared in 1950, has revived thanks to the restoration of two salt marshes.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude46.7202040 (N 46° 43’ 13”)
Longitude-1.9459170 (W 1° 56’ 45”)
Surface area48.85 km²
Population11025 inhabitants
Density225 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLa Roche-sur-Yon (46 km, 52 min)
Insee code85226
IntercommunalityCC du Pays de St Gilles-Croix-De-Vie
RegionPays de la Loire

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie2.8 km (6 min)
Notre-Dame-de-Riez5.8 km (9 min)
Le Fenouiller6.6 km (11 min)
Givrand9.2 km (13 min)
Soullans10 km (11 min)
Saint-Révérend11.7 km (16 min)
Commequiers11.9 km (16 min)
Le Perrier12.3 km (15 min)
L'Aiguillon-sur-Vie12.3 km (15 min)
Saint-Maixent-sur-Vie12.8 km (17 min)
Bretignolles-sur-Mer14 km (17 min)
Saint-Jean-de-Monts14 km (17 min)
La Chaize-Giraud15.6 km (18 min)

Things to see and do

To see: the wood bourrine Juquaud (museum) built in 1818, the buggers Juquaud du Bois is a beautiful example of construction of earth and reeds reflecting the lives of Maraîchine in the marsh in the early 20th century.

To do: horse-drawn carriage, the Atlantic Toboggan Becs, sand yachting, kite surfing, sailing, swimming, relaxing at the beach ...

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites


Bussoleries beach
Bussoleries beach
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beach at low tide Bussoleries
beach at low tide Bussoleries
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Becs beach
Becs beach
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Plage des Becs monitored in season
Plage des Becs monitored in season
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Plage des Demoiselles
Plage des Demoiselles
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The sailing school
The sailing school
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The lake
The lake
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Vélorail to Commequiers, Garden of Scent Coex, mill in St. Reverend Gourmands, the P'tit Mousse in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, Vendée Miniature Bretignolles-sur-Mer ...

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Accrobranche Explora Parc in the dune forest
Sports sensations10 € to 22 € Saint-Jean-de-Monts (13 km)
Demonstration of stained glass window creation in all its forms
Arts and Crafts2 € Maché (20 km)
Jet Ski hire at Sables d’Olonne
Sports sensations110 € to 260 € Les Sables-d'Olonne (27 km)
Jet ski hire, no licence needed
Sports sensations25 € to 240 € Les Sables-d'Olonne (27 km)
Tandem parachute jump in Vendée
Sports sensations280 € Château-d'Olonne (32 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Circuit n°2 - l'aiguillon sur vie
All-terrain bike itineraryIntermediate1h10L'Aiguillon-sur-Vie (12.5 km)
Circuit n°7 - la chaize giraud
All-terrain bike itineraryIntermediate50 minLandevieille (13.5 km)
Circuit n°9 - coex
All-terrain bike itineraryIntermediate1h00Coëx (14.8 km)
Le Grand Parcours trail
HikeIntermediate4h00Brem-sur-Mer (16.6 km)
Mountain biking trail in Brem-sur-Mer
Cycling itineraryIntermediate3h00Brem-sur-Mer (16.6 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals