Tourism in the Vendee
Close by, the coast shuttle is an inexpensive way of travelling to the neighbouring towns and villages.
You can also explore the countryside around Saint Hilaire de Riez on the little train, which can drop you off at the markets, near the shops, restaurants, minimarkets and supermarkets.
Saint Hilaire de Riez : walks or bike rides along the coast, fishing on the rocks and exploring the salt marshes.
Saint Jean de Monts : walks along the esplanade, the landing-stage, fishing, lively streets, a lot of shops, restaurants, creperies, markets, the casino and the golf.
Saint Gilles Croix de Vie : marina and fishing harbour, sea-fishing trips, its creeks, its embankment, its surfing spot, lots of shops, markets and the casino.
The Ile d’Yeu : a magnificent island where you get around by bike, its castle, its fortress, its wild creeks and its turquoise blue water.
The Ile de Noirmoutier : an island connected to the mainland by the famous Passage du Gois causeway (a paved road which is uncovered at low tide), its cobblestone streets, its castle, the Ladies’ Beach and the large villas.
Les Sables d’Olonne : its port, departure point for the Vendee Globe yacht race, its embankment, its shops and Les Sables zoo.
The Puy du Fou : the greatest theme park in the World is 1 hour 30 drive from Saint Hilaire de Riez, but not to be missed.