Saint-Jean-de-Monts, French commune located on the Coast of Light in the department of Vendee and region of Pays de la Loire is one of the most popular resorts on the Atlantic coast. Split into two by a pine forest - the Forest Hills Country - the resort has ecological areas: the marsh and forest are the top two. The beach, 8 km long and often turbulent, is the delight of residents and tourists. By 1867, the first bathers come since 1892 and enjoy the many artists who are inspired by their works. At the end of the nineteenth, Saint-Jean-de-Monts is a big country estate about 4500 inhabitants, situated on the edge of the dune, marsh between agricultural and young forest. In the shelter of the forest and protected from storms, St. John saw his life as chief town of the district away from any major thoroughfare, turned mainly to the marsh. The town houses are still clustered around the old church. Until the late 19th century, it is mainly the church organizations that are a pretext for mass gatherings. With the arrival of tourists, porters modernity, new events are organized: air shows, horse racing, concours d'elegance car. Foreigners staying in the country receives the bulk of lightness with which the country's youth is courting. They talk about custom typical: the maraîchinage. It was so, how dating and marriage to the test that accosted visitors. In this custom are all comparable local habits: dialect, survival of the langue d'oil, songs and dances, Veuze archetypal medieval bagpipes, and round the hammocks that have their origins in Renaissance costumes carved traditional fashion of the old regime. It is modernity that will install the entire French territory after the war 14-18. Between 1920 and 1950, with the popularization of the automobile and the arrival of the railway, Saint-Jean-de-Monts soars. From 1950 the embankment was built and the streets are increasing in the area of the beach. If the beach and the open spaces of the station are among its main assets, local products are not to be missed with brioche Vendée préfou his, her or its vendee mogette maraîchines specialties.
The leisure facilities Saint-Jean-de-Monts can practice many sports and recreational activities: biking on numerous bike paths, horse riding, skating, water sports to water sports, recreational activities in the forest on the site of Jesus Dressed, golf, mini- Golf, spa marine, fishing, cinema?? The town offers a diverse natural heritage. The dunes are rich in a particular vegetation, and many organized tours to the discovery of this ecosystem. It is among the pines and oaks of 25 km of forest as we cross many squirrels, rabbits and sometimes deer and certain species of birds like the falcon squire. In addition to its wide open spaces and its 25 kilometers of bicycle paths, Saint-Jean-de-Monts enjoys places of walks to discover. These include the pier, boardwalk to the sea, is where many walkers and fishermen. The Bather, sculpture by Henry Murail, located between the beach and the shopping street of the resort, symbolizes the predominance of water in this seaside resort and in addition to the three birds of John and Joel Martel, who had been designed in memory of Charles and Auguste Lepere Milcendeau.
Kid's Wednesdays: February school holidays, sports or entertainment program for fun 6 / 12 years: yachting, workshop, kitchen??
Kid's Follies: children's festival, spring school holidays, fun exhibitions, performances for young audiences, workshops and activities??
X-Trail Pays de Monts, in the month of February: running wild.
Roller Attitude in April, July and August meetings to map the initiation and development for children and adults.
Duathlon in the month of April.
The Dune, in May, hiking in the dark through the forest and beach.
Instant Home Show, in May, room decorating with conferences.
Vendee bike in May, animated journey departing from Saint-Jean-de-Monts.
Festival Déferlante the spring festival of street theater for all audiences.
Vendee Atlantic Beach Rugby, in June, discovered rugby version beach.
Spring theater, in June, features the work of young theater.
La Mie Caline Basketball GB, in June, basketball tournament.
The Bonfires of Saint John and the music festival in June, musical entertainment.
The International Triathlon, the month of June
Exhibitions at the Palais des Congres Odysséa in July and August.
The festival Déferlante the Summer Festival of street performances and live music outdoors.
Planet Beach in July and August, discovered beach sports (beach volleyball, beach rugby?). Matinees Zen, aqua sea, fitness. Visit family and baby moments.
Kids' Wednesdays in July and August, sports and games for 6 / 12 years: beach volleyball, stroll GPS??
Cinété: in August, film on a giant screen on the beach.
Caval'Océane: in September, equestrian competitions and events on the beach free access.
Naturel'Monts Show in October, living sustainable development, eco housing and organic market. With workshops and conferences.
Here you got the funk: All Saints holidays, entertainment for the family around the gourd: exhibition, workshops, children's ball, animations??
Atlantic Lounge Zen: in November, lounge wellness workshops and conferences.
Fall / Winter Shows in the Auditorium Odysséa: humor, theater, concert??
All year: flea markets, attics, empty, horse racing??
Detailed program on the website of the Office of Tourism Saint-Jean-de-Monts.
ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND
The Vendée has many tours and DoLandmarks family to visit.
The Vendee is a swamp of its landscape features and skiff rides allow, for example on the Canal du Perrier, discover its rich fauna and flora.
A boat trip to the island of Yeu you will see a different side of the Vendee. By bike or on foot, be sure to explore the wild coast of this island and its small port of Grindstone. Many departures are conducted from the port of Fromentine.
Another island not to miss is that of Noirmoutier. For the bridge or the passage of Gois at low tide, you can access all year. You will be surprised by the vast landscape punctuated by salt marshes, oyster beds and low houses, white and covered with pink tiles. Many activities are accessible to families: the leisure park du Gois, the island of butterflies, aquarium.
If you prefer, rather than an island to discover a village full of flowers and run by artisans, the village offers everything Sallertaine summer workshops for children and lots of activities, performances, street theater and throughout the year rides carriage and canoeing. You can also visit the Museum of Mie Caline and the mill temporarily, only windmill in France never stopped turning.
The Daviaud museum Marsh Vendée in La Barre-de-Monts is an ideal place for a family visit! In this great site outdoor treasure hunt for children, events and exhibitions are there to help us discover the salt harvest.
Kulmino installed on a water tower at Notre-Dame-de-Monts is a place to discover all public fun and interactive environment and water. The 5 / 12 years can have a play book, and many shows, events and exhibitions are organized nature.
Passio, museum Milcendeau / Jean Yole in Soullans, is a museum dedicated to the painter Charles must Milcendeau. Set in lush greenery, one discovers the house and studio of the artist, his works, and a beautiful garden. A booklet-game "Mystery at the Museum" is available for 5 / 12 years and an audio guide is available.
Tanks sailing group
The yachting alone with the sun and the sea
Great beach Saint-Jean-de-Monts rather busy
Great beach to the pier and buildings in the background
Pine Forest, trail
Large rather crowded beach, the pier in the background