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Challans - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Vendée

With almost 20,000 inhabitants, Challans is the second city of the department.

The hub of Northwest Vendee, its commercial dynamism is well established (multiple animations, 220 shops in the city center, supermarkets...).

Challans is also a tertiary developing city and a traditional industrial city (more than 100 companies with more than 10 employees in a variety of sectors: wood, furniture, boating, food...).

Even if one finds few visible traces, the city has a rich and ancient history.

The city is also famous for its poultry.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude46.8448280 (N 46° 50’ 41”)
Longitude-1.8804120 (W 1° 52’ 49”)
AltitudeFrom 1m to 64m
Surface area64.84 km²
Population19836 inhabitants
Density305 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLa Roche-sur-Yon (43 km, 43 min)
Insee code85047
IntercommunalityCC du Pays de Challans
RegionPays de la Loire

Nearest cities & towns

Soullans6.1 km (9 min)
La Garnache6.9 km (12 min)
Le Perrier9.5 km (11 min)
Sallertaine9.6 km (13 min)
Châteauneuf9.8 km (12 min)
Saint-Christophe-du-Ligneron10.3 km (13 min)
Froidfond10.7 km (12 min)
Saint-Gervais11.5 km (14 min)
Commequiers11.9 km (15 min)
Bois-de-Céné12.5 km (15 min)
Saint-Urbain12.8 km (16 min)
Notre-Dame-de-Riez14.1 km (15 min)
Falleron14.9 km (17 min)
Beauvoir-sur-Mer15.2 km (18 min)
Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez16 km (19 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Performance halls

Events and festivities


Tourist Office (former town hall)
Tourist Office (former town hall)
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Formerly Challans on the 4th of Thursdays
Formerly Challans on the 4th of Thursdays
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Market under the halls
Market under the halls
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Formerly Challans
Formerly Challans
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Big market every Tuesday morning
Big market every Tuesday morning
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Wednesday 22 november
Min. 11°C - Max. 17°C
Thursday 23 november
Min. 13°C - Max. 16°C
Friday 24 november
Min. 12°C - Max. 15°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Ideally located near the island of Noirmoutier and the island of Yeu, the Country of Challans enjoys a preserved natural setting: between marshes and bocage, the territory offers you 150 km of bike paths to discover its heritage Original, before you offer a jump in the past with the old-fashioned fairs.

The country of Challans houses exceptional places such as the Abbey of Ile Chauvet in Bois-de-Céné, Sallertaine "City and crafts", the small mill in Châteauneuf and the mill Rairé in Sallertaine. Discover all the riches of this territory.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Sightseeing tour in a little tourist train
Culture and education3 € to 10 € Saint-Jean-de-Monts (14.9 km)
Accrobranche Explora Parc in the dune forest
Sports sensations10 € to 22 € Saint-Jean-de-Monts (16.3 km)
Fishing and sea trip on the Mephisto 4
Nature and the great outdoors12 € to 40 € Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (17.1 km)
Le Grand Défi leisure park
Sports sensations6 € to 42 € Saint-Julien-des-Landes (26 km)
Taste and buy Vendée wine
Local flavours5 € Saint-Philbert-de-Bouaine (29 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Circuit of the three castles
Village visitEasy3h00Apremont (14.9 km)
Circuit n°9 - coex
All-terrain bike itineraryIntermediate1h00Coëx (18.5 km)
Sentier des ostréiculteurs - La Barre de Monts Fromentine
HikeEasy1h10La Barre-de-Monts (20 km)
Circuit n°2 - l'aiguillon sur vie
All-terrain bike itineraryIntermediate1h10L'Aiguillon-sur-Vie (21 km)
Circuit n°7 - la chaize giraud
All-terrain bike itineraryIntermediate50 minLandevieille (22 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals



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