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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Vendée

Challans - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Vendée

With 20,000 inhabitants, Challans is the second largest city in Vendée.

True hub of the Vendée North West, its commercial dynamism is well established (multiple animations, 220 shops in the city center, supermarkets...).

Challans is also a tertiary city in full development and a city of industrial tradition (more than 100 companies of more than 10 employees in very varied sectors: wood, furnishing, nautism, agribusiness...).

Although there are few visible traces, the city has a rich history and very old.

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
Population20786 inhabitants
Density320 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLa Roche-sur-Yon (27 mi, 43 min)
Insee code85047
IntercommunalityCC Challans-Gois Communauté
RegionPays de la Loire

Nearest cities & towns

Soullans3.8 mi (9 min)
La Garnache4.3 mi (12 min)
Le Perrier5.9 mi (11 min)
Sallertaine6 mi (13 min)
Châteauneuf6.1 mi (12 min)
Saint-Christophe-du-Ligneron6.4 mi (13 min)
Froidfond6.6 mi (12 min)
Saint-Gervais7.1 mi (14 min)
Commequiers7.4 mi (15 min)
Bois-de-Céné7.8 mi (15 min)
Saint-Urbain8 mi (16 min)
Notre-Dame-de-Riez8.8 mi (15 min)
Falleron9.3 mi (17 min)
Beauvoir-sur-Mer9.4 mi (18 min)
Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez9.9 mi (19 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Performance halls

Events and festivities


Tourist Office (old town hall)
Tourist Office (old town hall)
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Sablière leisure park
Sablière leisure park
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Place de Gaulle
Place de Gaulle
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Every Tuesday, the largest market in northwestern Vendée takes up residence
Every Tuesday, the largest market in northwestern Vendée takes up residence
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Formerly Challans during the 4 Thursdays
Formerly Challans during the 4 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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Sunday 24 june
Min. 14°C - Max. 25°C
Monday 25 june
Min. 15°C - Max. 28°C
Tuesday 26 june
Min. 17°C - Max. 29°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 grove, the territory offers 150 km of bike paths to discover the heritage original, before offering you a leap into the past with the old-fashioned fairs.

The country of Challans is home to exceptional places such as the Chauvet Island Abbey in Bois-de-Céné, Sallertaine "City and Crafts", the small mill in Châteauneuf and the Rairé mill in Sallertaine. Come discover all the riches of this territory.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Acrobatics trail in the forest
Entertainment7 € to 20 € Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez (8.8 mi)
Dino’s Park theme park
Entertainment8 € to 13 € Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez (8.9 mi)
Sightseeing tour in a little tourist train
Culture and education3 € to 10 € Saint-Jean-de-Monts (9.3 mi)
Accrobranche Explora Parc in the dune forest
Sports sensations10 € to 22 € Saint-Jean-de-Monts (10.1 mi)
Licence-free electric boat trip
Entertainment10 € Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (11 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Circuit of the three castles
Village visitEasy3h00Apremont (9.3 mi)
Sentier des ostréiculteurs - La Barre de Monts Fromentine
HikeEasy1h05La Barre-de-Monts (12.5 mi)
Circuit n°7 - la chaize giraud
All-terrain bike itineraryIntermediate50 minLandevieille (13.7 mi)
Le Grand Parcours trail
HikeIntermediate4h00Brem-sur-Mer (17.2 mi)
Mountain biking trail in Brem-sur-Mer
Cycling itineraryIntermediate3h00Brem-sur-Mer (17.2 mi)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals



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