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Le Fenouiller

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Bourg de Vendée, Le Fenouiller is located in Pays de la Loire in the Sables-d'Olonne borough. An agricultural commune, it takes its place among the groves and farms, not far from Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie.

Pleasant and preserved, the commune of Fenouiller is ideal to enjoy green landscapes, while discovering the most beautiful tourist sites of the region. Located not far from the Atlantic Ocean, it is ideally placed to appreciate the whole Vendée. Le Fenouiller also has a modest architectural heritage which deserves to be dwelt there during a stay in this part of the west of France.

Le Fenouiller also enjoys a lively and lively cultural life through several events that mark the year and brighten the streets of the small town.

Geographical information

MunicipalityLe Fenouiller
Tourism label
Latitude46.7191530 (N 46° 43’ 9”)
Longitude-1.9028250 (W 1° 54’ 10”)
Surface area17.81 km²
Population4510 inhabitants
Density253 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLa Roche-sur-Yon (44 km, 44 min)
Insee code85088
IntercommunalityCC du Pays de St Gilles-Croix-De-Vie
RegionPays de la Loire

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie4.9 km (9 min)
Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez6.6 km (11 min)
Saint-Maixent-sur-Vie7.4 km (11 min)
Givrand7.5 km (11 min)
Commequiers8.2 km (11 min)
Notre-Dame-de-Riez8.3 km (10 min)
Saint-Révérend9.9 km (11 min)
L'Aiguillon-sur-Vie10.5 km (12 min)
Soullans11.3 km (12 min)
Bretignolles-sur-Mer13.3 km (17 min)
Coëx14.7 km (13 min)
La Chaize-Giraud14.7 km (15 min)
Apremont14.8 km (22 min)
Landevieille15.1 km (17 min)

Things to see and do

Built between the 13th and 14th centuries, the Saint-Laurent church has an interesting bell tower in swallow beak, a typical style in this part of the Vendée.

Do not miss, during your walks, to pass through the Pas d'Opton, an ancient ford of the Life. According to local legend, the site takes its name from Napoleon who would have asked his horse, Opton, to cross it at a walking pace. There are vestiges of a harbor discovered in the late 1980s. Nearby, a picnic area allows to enjoy the quiet places.

Several hiking trails allow you to discover the surroundings, like this road which runs along the valley of the Life and allows to appreciate beautiful points of view on the marshes, as well as on some picturesque hamlets.

Events and festivities

The weekly market is held every Friday morning. A Christmas market takes place at the end of the year.

In July, the Musicales de Saint-Gilles offer concerts.

The Festiv'Assos takes place in August and organizes a whole day of very festive entertainment.

At the beginning of September, the Festiv'Accordéon proposes to discover this instrument so particular through concerts.


Monday 23 october
Min. 12°C - Max. 18°C
Tuesday 24 october
Min. 11°C - Max. 19°C
Wednesday 25 october
Min. 11°C - Max. 21°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Fishing and sea trip on the Mephisto 4
Nature and the great outdoors12 € to 40 € Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (4 km)
Sightseeing tour in a little tourist train
Culture and education3 € to 10 € Saint-Jean-de-Monts (14.7 km)
Accrobranche Explora Parc in the dune forest
Sports sensations10 € to 22 € Saint-Jean-de-Monts (15.8 km)
Le Grand Défi leisure park
Sports sensations6 € to 42 € Saint-Julien-des-Landes (16.5 km)
Jet Ski hire at Sables d’Olonne
Sports sensations30 € to 260 € Les Sables-d'Olonne (26 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Circuit n°2 - l'aiguillon sur vie
All-terrain bike itineraryIntermediate1h10L'Aiguillon-sur-Vie (9.7 km)
Circuit n°7 - la chaize giraud
All-terrain bike itineraryIntermediate50 minLandevieille (10.8 km)
Circuit n°9 - coex
All-terrain bike itineraryIntermediate1h00Coëx (11.5 km)
Le Grand Parcours trail
HikeIntermediate4h00Brem-sur-Mer (14.8 km)
Mountain biking trail in Brem-sur-Mer
Cycling itineraryIntermediate3h00Brem-sur-Mer (14.8 km)


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